Contact or visit Smart Start of New Hanover County for free and confidential information and referrals about young children. 910-815-3731
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Smart Start of New Hanover County (SSNHC) can provide you with information on how to select quality child care. They can also put you in touch with the regional resource who can give you a list of potential child care sites that meet your specific needs.
SSNHC can be reached at 910-815-3731 or by visiting 3534 South College Road Suite F Wilmington, NC 28412
The Child Care Subsidy program uses state and federal funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families.
You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if:
The Initial Maximum Income Eligibility Limits for Subsidized Child Care Assistance changed on July 01, 2022.
For child care, there are two income limits. One for children 5 and under also all children with special needs, and the other for children 6-12.
200% Federal Poverty Level – used at initial application (All children ages 0-5, and All children with special needs)
Parent Fee Percentage
10% of Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
133% Federal Poverty Level – used at initial application; (All children ages 6-12, No children with special needs)
Stop by Smart Start of New Hanover County
3534 South College RoadSuite FWilmington, NC 28412
To pick up a free child care licensing packet for potential family child care providers. Smart Start of New Hanover County can also provide you with general information if you are interested in starting a child care center. You may also obtain information at the North Carolina Web Site: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/providers/provider-info/child-care