Smart Start of Henderson County funds a variety of innovative, community based programs that meet the needs of children ages birth to five and their families. Routinely, SSHC requests bids for contractors to administer evidence-based and evidence-informed activities that help meet the needs of children ages birth to five and their families.

Currently, Smart Start of Henderson County is accepting bids for contractors to administer the following activities:

For a three-year period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020:

  • State Subsidy Contract – TANF/CCDF Eligible Only: Financial assistance will be paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of child care and enhancements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligible or Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) eligible families.
  • State Subsidy Contract – Administration: This activity will provide administration services for the administering of child care subsidy funds. This may include program administration, family outreach and registration, eligibility determination, payment processing, annual recertification, reporting, etc.

For a one-year period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018:

  • Quality Enhancement - Provide training and technical assistance to child care providers to improve the quality of child care programs and assist providers with maintaining licensing requirements.
  • Parents As Teachers – Implement the Parents As Teachers program, an early childhood parent education and family support program designed to empower parents to give their child the best possible start in life.
  • Smart Start Rewards - Provide professional development assistance and support to staff at licensed child care programs to encourage educational attainment, and award salary supplements and bonuses to child care providers based on educational attainment and longevity with current employer.
  • Community Outreach, Information & Resources – Services that provide awareness of early childhood development and resources to improve outcomes for young children. Services could include needs assessments and community planning.
  • Partners in Reading – Provide family literacy services that assist in the development of cognitive and pre-literacy skills of young children in Henderson County.
  • Reach Out and Read – Provide a Project Coordinator to partner with medical care practices to provide literacy opportunities for children and their parents. Program will be implemented according to National ROR guidelines.

Bid packages may be picked up on Monday, May 8, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Smart Start of Henderson County, 722 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC. Contact Sonia Gironda for information or with questions at (828) 693-1580 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All proposals are due in the SSHC office Monday, June 1, 2017, by 12:00 p.m.