Avery County Smart Start

Alicia Shell
Provider Specialist
PO Box 1455
Newland, NC 28657

Phone: 828-733-2899
Fax: 828-733-9122


The mission of this agency is to nurture and support families with children ages of birth to five years of age so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Clientele/Populations Served

Our vision is that all young children in the county will be healthy and ready to enter school.

Available Programs

Avery County Smart Start; A Partnership for Children offers services and support to increase the quality of childcare providers and by making quality enhancement services available to childcare centers. Consultation regarding issues that affect child health and safety are also accessible to teachers.

Other services offered to parents and young children include: parenting classes, pre-literacy programs and activities, referral services, and intervention for children with special needs.

Avery County Smart Start will advocate for children and families locally and on the state level.