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Burke County Smart Start Inc.
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Welcome to the website of Burke County Smart Start, Inc.  At this site you can learn of the many programs funded by Smart Start that serve to enhance and enrich the lives of the children ages birth to five years in Burke County.   Be sure to visit the sections below to learn more about upcoming events, parenting information, and links to other informative sites.   

Burke County Smart Start, Inc., has the following early childhood activities open for bid for the 0-5 years’ old population for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018:

1.      Child Care Provider Insurance Benefit Package 2 year

2.      Child Care Resource & Referral 2 year

3.      Family Literacy Programs 2 year

4.      Mobile Preschool Classrooms 2 year

5.      Parents as Teachers 2 year

6.      Quality Maintenance for Non-Subsidized Children 2 year

Interested parties may download proposal forms from or pick up a bid package at the Smart Start office located at 304 West Union Street, Morganton, NC, before February 15, 2016.  All completed bid packages must be received at the Smart Start office by 4:00 p.m. on February 22, 2016.  Inquiries may be directed to Vickie Deal at Burke County Smart Start, Inc. at 828-439-2326. 

What is Smart Start?

2014-2015 BCSS Annual Report

Below is the link for the FY 2015-2016 Burke NC Pre-K Application. Please note:  It is subject to change.  Completed applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2015. 

FY 15-16 Burke NC Pre-K Application

Please fill out the above application and submit the application, a copy of the birth certificate, and proof of income to the NC Pre-K site that you would like for your child to attend.

Kindergarten Health Assessment Form

The Kindergarten Health Assessment must be completed by a physician and submitted to the NC Pre-K Office.  This form must be completed within 30 days from the beginning of the FY 2015-2016 school year if it is not submitted with the application. 

Self Declaration of Income

This document is used to document income from self employed applicants.

NC Pre-K Application Checklist (For Pre-K Teachers Only)




 PO Box 630, Morganton, NC 28680-0630
304 West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655
ph: 828-439-2326, fx: 828-439-2333

Smart Start is the Winner of the Ford Foundation's
Innovations in American Government Award!

Innovations in American Government