About Us

We are the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, a non-profit in eastern North Carolina whose mission is to make meaningful and measurable investments in young children to enable them to achieve their fullest potential. Founded in 1998 as one of 76 Smart Start partnerships in the state, the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is proud to collaborate with families, child care providers, early childhood educators and their students, local community organizations and nonprofits to achieve our vision of a bright future for every child in our community.


Each year, the Partnership invests over $2.6 million into children birth through five in Martin and Pitt Counties by funding programs in quality early child care and learning, assistance finding child care services, parent and family support, health care, child care provider training, and early literacy.

Why Early Childhood Matters

Nearly 90% of a child’s brain development occurs during their first 5 years of life. People who do not receive quality early childhood education experiences as children are more likely to need social programs, become involved in the criminal justice system, and drop out of high school. This causes higher taxes, higher crime rates, and a less-educated workforce. Research has connected the importance of early childhood education and success, or failure, later in life. At the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, we’re dedicated to ensuring a bright future for every child in our community. 


Our programs and initiatives are designed to strengthen families and children birth through five in our communities. By providing resources and creating relationships with community partners, we are working to ensure a bright future for every child in our communities.


  • 90%

    Of the Brain Develops Before Kindergarten

  • 10

    Programs to help children grow

  • 34%

    Of rising kindergarteners lack basic language skills needed for reading

  • 52%

    Of 3- And 4- Year-Olds Are not in school nationwide

A Bright Future for Every Child in Our Community