Mission & Vision

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Our Mission

To build partnerships with families and the community so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and be prepared to contribute to our social and economic future.

Our Vision

We envision a community committed to the health, safety, happiness, and education of all of our children and their families.

Our Goals

Decades of research point to factors that improve child development in the first five years of life.  PFC’s programs improve child health, family support, and access to high quality child care and education.

  1. Advancing Children’s Well-Being: Cumberland County children, birth to age 5, are healthy and prepared to succeed when they enter school.
  2. Strengthening Families : Cumberland County families of children, birth to age 5, effectively fulfill their roles as the primary providers, nurturers, and teachers, helping their children reach their full potential.
  3. Raising the Quality of Early Care & Education: All Cumberland County families of children, birth to age 5, including those with special needs, have access to high quality and affordable early childhood services, education, and other services that support them in their parental roles.
  4. Building Partnerships: Cumberland County values all children and families by providing options, resources, and support collaboratively to help children and families reach their full potential.

Our History

In 1993-94, the NC General Assembly provided $20 million to establish the first 12 Smart Start partnerships. The first 12 included the counties: Halifax, Hertford, Jones, Cumberland, Davidson, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Orange and the Region A partnership counties of Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Swain.

The success of the first partnerships led to the five year expansion of the initiative. In 1998, Smart Start services were available statewide. Several states have developed initiatives similar to the Smart Start model. All states are at different levels of development and funding. Those states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Our Culture of Accountability  

Accountability is not just an obligation to be met; it is a responsibility to achieve the best possible results for clients/consumers while also managing expectations. The Partnership for Children remains accountable to its vision, mission and strategic priorities and each Board, Direct Service Partner, and staff member holds themselves accountable for promises and actions.Our strategic planning process is based on solid information about our community's needs for young children.  The Planning & Evaluation Committee made up of Board, community and staff members set goals and use information to make plans on how to reach these goals.

  • We are using the tools of accountability to bring about change.  We are not only accountable to funders and consumers/clients, we are also accountable to ourselves.
  • We can demonstrate that the outcomes of the accountability policies and processes have impact.  We have evidence that staff and Board are complying with them.
  • We comply with the legal, funder and regulatory requirements.  The basic financial and ethical policies ensure that we are protected and are using dollars efficiently.