About Us Learn how we invest in young children, families and quality child care in Madison County.

The First 2,000 Days

We invest in the First 2,000 Days of a child’s life — in children ages 0-5 and their families by partnering with local organizations to provide programs that:


  • improve the quality of early childhood education
  • increase access to affordable, high quality early care
  • expand early literacy opportunities
  • provide family support


There are 2,000 days between birth and kindergarten. The majority of brain development happens during this time, forming the foundation for all future learning.


We are a Smart Start Partnership

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.



The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.



Our Vision

Over the next ten years, Madison County Partnership for Children and Families will continually seek to better understand the needs of resident families with young children and increase awareness of the importance of early childhood development to ensure that all children benefit from credible early-childhood education.





Bushoven, Cynde – Chair

Plemmons, Jerry – Vice Chair

Repass, Brian - Treasurer

Harris, Connie - Secretary



Caudle, Grainger

Cutshaw, Amanda

Davis, Sherri

Estridge, Sue

Hough, John

Garcia, Amanda

Gentry, Norris

Graves, Glenn

Hoffman, Jeanne

Hoffman, Will

Honeycutt, Nicholas

McLaughlin, Shannon

Miller, Jenifer

Morgan, Melanie

Stephens, Deana

Tolley, Sandra



We are located on
the campus of
Mars Hill University

Spilman Hall  - 1st Floor


Madison County Partnership for Children | PO Box 1657 | Mars Hill, NC 28754 | 828.689.1525 © 2017 Carol Birkner Web Designs