Columbus County Partnership for Children

The Columbus County Partnership for Children will be offering Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to young children in Columbus County!

Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children. This program is made possible through funding appropriated by the North Carolina Legislature.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books that will be offered FREE of charge to children living in Columbus County. Each month, children ages birth to five, who are registered for the program will receive a brand new book mailed directly to their homes.

All preschool aged children, ages birth to five, who are residents of Columbus County are eligible to participate. Parents or guardians must register their children in order for them to participate.

Registration begins October 25 at the following locations.
1. Smart Start Early Learning Facility (ELF) - 107 W. Main St., Whiteville
2. All branches of the Columbus County Library System
3. Bolton Sr. & Youth Center - 15354 Sam Potts Highway, Bolton
4. Southeast Pediatrics - 612-36 Jefferson St., Whiteville
5. Sandpiper Pediatrics - 27417 Andrew Jackson Hwy. East, Delco
Additional locations will be added later.

Questions about registering for the Imagination Library should be directed to the Smart Start Early Learning Facility (ELF), 910-212-6352.

Early education and literacy build the foundation that allows children to be successful students throughout their academic endeavors and successful citizens in a global society.

Expanding Literacy


Recognizing that over 90% of language development occurs in the first few years of life, Smart Start provides programs that develop early literacy skills needed for success in school, work and life. 

Smart Start provides a number of activities that work to ensure the health and well-being of families with children ages birth to five years of age.

Raising Quality in Early Care & Education​


Supporting Families​



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Partnership for Children (Smart Start)!

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Belkie, the loveable mascot for Belk Department Stores visited the Smart Start Early Learning Facility!

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Smart Startcollaborates with various county agencies to address the health needs of preschool-aged children. Not only do children need proper nutrition, they also need to learn the importance of physical activity and how it impacts their overall health.