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Smart Start of Pender County

Monthly Newsletter

June 2023


Agency Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 9:00am-1:00pm 

We are open other times by appointment.

First Saturday of the month 9:00am - 12:00pm 

* First Friday of the month we are closed to the public. 

The Resource Library will continue to follow Pender County Schools schedule for closings and delays for inclement weather. 

Phone: (910) 259-9978


Fax: (910) 259-9728



Smart Start of Pender County will be closed Monday, June 19, 2023. The agency will reopen Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

The agency will also be closed to the public from Friday, June 30, 2023 thru July 7, 2023, for administrative days and in observance of the July 4th holiday. The agency will reopen on Monday, July 10, 2023.

What’s available in the Resource Library?

Early Child Development

Parachute #2405

Parachute play develops social participation, teamwork and motor coordination. Great for teaching turn taking and cooperation. This item has eight handles distributed evenly around the parachute for easy handling. This parachute fits inside of the included storage bag for easy cleanup and storing.


Rapunzel STEM Kit #2172

With this kit, children will use their STEM skills to help find Rapunzel. This kit is perfect for building problem-solving skills. Children will plan, create and test solutions to help a prince scale a tower to rescue Rapunzel! 

June is Child Vision Awareness Month


Click Here for More Information

Division of Child Development and Early Education


The Expansion & Access Grants Application Round 2

Now Open Application Round 2 of Expansion and Access Grants opens, May 22, 2023, and will close June 12, 2023.

Step-by-step instructions for completing an application are available in the Child Care Expansion & Access Grants Application Job Aid. And many questions about the grants are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Community Partner Information


Pender County Library

Check out the programs and events at the Pender County Library Website


Child Care Provider Trainings

June 8th- Building Your Bounce (Providers) – Via Zoom

6:30-8:30 pm, Cost: Free, 2 Credit Hours, Presenter: Regina Bass- Corley

Building Your Bounce is a workshop designed to meet you where you are and help you focus on your own health, happiness and overall well-being. Together, we will learn about resilience and how important it is that you learn to promote your social-emotional health; how your social and emotional well-being can impact the children and families your serve, in both positive and negative ways; and specific, simple and inexpensive strategies to reduce stress and promote your social-emotional health. The Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS), a self-reflective tool, will be shared to help you gain insights into your resilience. Participants are sure to leave this workshop with energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to make a few positive changes that will lead to greater happiness, fulfillment, and that will undoubtedly resonate in the work you do every day with children, families, teams and communities! All classes are FREE to participants. 



Ways to Donate


Join to raise funds for Smart Start of Pender County. Goodsearch donates money to your favorite cause when you search the internet, shop online or dine out at local restaurants!  Use to search the internet and they donate a penny per search to your cause. Use when you shop on line and they donate a percentage of every purchase and offer over 100,000 coupons to help you save money too! Sign up for their good dining program and they will donate a percentage of your restaurant bill when you eat at any one of thousands of participating restaurants. It's really easy; it's free and turns simple everyday actions into a way to make the world a better place. Please sign up today to support Smart Start of Pender County. 

Birthday Fundraiser for Smart Start of Pender County

Join in supporting a good cause for your birthday this year. Please consider Smart Start of Pender County as your facebook nonprofit fundraising project. Your contribution will make an impact. Every little bit helps and is appreciated. Meta will donate $5.00 too after the first donation.

The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that help every child to grow into his or her potential as a person. Facebook takes care of the donation processing with no fees. 




About Us

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at


The license is not an endorsement by the State.

Board of Directors

Leslie Green-

Board Chair

Donald Hall - Vice Chair

Sharon Willoughby - Treasurer

Allen Phillips-Bell– Secretary

James "Jimbo" Robbins

Angela Beacham

Stacie Poulin

Rev. Dean Walker

William Marshburn

Edith Meza

S. Eugene Jordan

Sandra Sarmiento

Kimberly Trotman

Avery Ellington

Tandra Shepard Henderson


     If you are interested in serving on the Smart Start of Pender County Board of Directors, or volunteering with our agency, please contact our office at (910) 259-9978 or stop by and visit with us. 



Connie Carr-Costin, MSW

Executive Director

 Ext: 31


Angel Parker

Program Manager  

 Ext: 24

Regina Bass-Corley, M.A.Ed


Ext: 26


Candice Dillard



Lisa Worley

Program Evaluator/ Coordinator


The staff of Smart Start of Pender County would like to

thank our board members, child care providers and our local

community for investing in early care and education.

Special thank

you to Lauretta Murray and Angela Ortiz.


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The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that provide opportunities for every child to grow into his or her potential as a person.