The Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children, the local Smart Start agency, is a comprehensive private – public initiative designed to reach children during the critical years of development with the intent that they arrive at school healthy, motivated and ready to succeed.  M-YPFC performs community assessments and utilizes data from other organizations to identify needs and develop programs that address the needs of children birth to age five and their families.  Projects and programs generally utilize blended funding; including, local individual donations, grants and state allocations.