MHC Partners for Children (formerly Smart Beginnings) is charged to convene the area's early childhood network of stakeholders, who work together to ensure that all children entering kindergarten are healthy, well-cared for and ready to learn.

Governed by a leadership council, our staff manages the following school-readiness goals:

  • Increase the availability of quality learning for children birth to age five
  • Improve access to evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices to support healthy child development
  • Increase availability and access to evidence-based and evidence-informed services for families with prenatal to five year old children challenged by multiple risk factors

MHC Partners for Children Funding Priorities

For a complete listing of our Community Investment Funding Priorities, click here.

Contact MHCPC Director Melanie McLarty, 276.403.5963 for more information.