Orange County Partnership for Young Children North Carolina Smart Start

Welcome to the Orange County Partnership for Young Children

The Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in Orange County arrives at school healthy and ready to succeed. We focus on the early years of a child's life—from birth to age five—which is the most critical time in a child's development.

The Partnership works collaboratively with the community to identify issues and create solutions to the concerns facing young children and families. We design and fund model programs to ensure children and their families have the resources they need to get off to a smart start. Our programs focus on early childhood education, child health care, early intervention, parenting education and family support.



Help us continue to provide the highest-quality programs and services for young children and families in Orange County.

Farmers' Market Halloween Event

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 3-6pm
Where: Carrboro Farmers' Market, 301 W. Main St Carrboro
What: An afternoon of Halloween fun with: Pumpkin painting, games, and information tables from local organizations.

The first 200 attendees will receive a free pumpkin to paint and a Halloween gift!

Transplanting Traditions Farm On NPR

On 4 acres just outside Chapel Hill, nearly 150 Karen refugees till the soil as they did back home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is educating locals about Burmese vegetables and cuisine, and teaching the refugees about American produce, with the eventual goal of setting them up as full-time farmers....Click here to listen to the story

Buy A Kids First License Plate

What is a Kids First license plate?

  • A special plate you can get from the NC DMV when you renew your license plate
  • $15 of the $25 special plate fee is returned to the North Carolina Children's Trust Fund

Why order one?

  • It is a chance for you to join the fight against child abuse and neglect in North Carolina
  • It is an opportunity for you to show everyone that you support the healthy growth and development of all children in North Carolina
  • Most importantly, your $15 contribution will be combined with thousands of others from across the state, and returned to local communities in the form of grants to organizations implementing child abuse and neglect prevention programs

How do you get one?

In person

Download the Kids First License Plate Application and fill it out.

Visit your local DMV office and tell them you want a Kids First license plate.

By mail

Download the Kids First License Plate Application and fill it out.

Mail it along with your check to the address on the form.


Visit the Prevent Child Abuse website for more information

Purchase your plate using a credit card.

Transplanting Traditions Community Garden
Farmers' Market 

Fresh, Locally-Grown American and South- East Asian Fruit & Vegetables

We accept SNAP Benefits and provide .50 for every dollar spent using your EBT card!

When: Fridays 5-7pm, beginning June 7th

Where: Johnny’s Market 901 West Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510

Come support your community refugee farmers at their first ever farmers market!

TTCF is a non-profit educational farm that trains refugees in N.C. in the skills they need to start their own sustainable farm operations. This 3-acre teaching farm hosts 31 Karen refugee families.

Transplanting Traditions Farmer Sells at Local Market 

1037.jpgCome Support Tri Sa every Tuesday starting April 23rd from 3-6 pm at the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market! 

Tri Sa is the first Transplanting Traditions Farmer to begin selling at a local farmer’s market. She is so excited to be taking this important step as a farmer. 

Tri Sa has been farming with Transplanting Traditions Community Farm for 3 years but has farmed in Burma and Thailand her entire life. In Burma she grew a variety of vegetables,, herbs, rice and livestock. 

When asked about her future farming goals in the U.S. she stated, “I want to become a successful farmer. I want to own more land and farming machinery. I will not only grow vegetables but also rice, and raise chickens, cows, turkey and other farm animals” 

The Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market is located at University Mall between Southern Season and Harris Teeter

New Smart Start Evidence Based Manual 



The Partnership has joined the ranks of Facebook. Please check us out at the link below. The page will be an outlet for the most recent photos and video for the Partnership and will be a great way to communicate with the community.




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The Orange County Partnership for Young Children

120 Providence Rd.
Suite 101
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


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