Alliance for Children is focused on equipping young children for success by advocating and investing in efforts that strengthen their health, education, and emotional development; contributing to Union County’s sustained economic vitality in a globally competitive world.

Programs funded through our annual allocation and bid process provide vital services to children age 0-5 and their families living in Union County.

All proposals must meet the guidelines and requirements of Smart Start funding. Programs must be evidence based/evidence informed. For a bid packet and/or additional information, please contact Linda Smith at or call 704.226.1407.

  • Proposal documents for the 2020-2021 fiscal year will be due Friday, January 31st, 2020 by noon!
  • Detailed information will be available November of 2019.


Alliance for Children programs are a vital framework of support for our community’s children, parents, and caregivers.

From the new mother that feels overwhelmed with breastfeeding to the teacher that wants to pursue an advanced degree but can’t afford tuition, Alliance for Children strengthens our community with nurturing and supportive resources.

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Professional Development

Alliance for Children assists child care professionals to take college-credit classes at no cost and ensures low turnover in child care facilities through scholarship programs.

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Discover how to encourage your behaviorally-challenged child or how to find the child care environment that will allow him to flourish. Find out how Latino and Hispanic families are connected to consistent, long-term health care or how a new mother can find support and fellowship from her peers.

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Family Support

Find out how Alliance for Children helps parents strengthen their child-rearing skills and teaches children to identify inappropriate touching. Discover how low-income children can be ensured the best child care possible.

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Child Care-Related

Alliance for Children programs provide a lending library of toys and educational games for children and help locate high-quality, affordable childcare for parents. Learn how collaboratively we can strengthen the program quality and licensure rating of your child care facility.