“Military families are geographically separated from the support systems that may be in place in their hometowns. These supports include: grandparents, relatives, friends, and neighbors. Smart Start has helped military families develop support systems in the military communities by leveraging resources, empowering young and new parents, educating early child care providers, and by embracing these “families away from home” as their own. It is appalling that a state which claims to be the most military friendly would allow for such a disservice.
Speak up North Carolina!! Take a stand for the families who sacrifice while their loved one serves. Take a stand for the child who naps at a quality child care facility with a pillow of a loved one in uniform printed on the pillow case. Take a stand for the young military families who contribute and support their adopted communities, even during times of tremendous strain. North Carolinians know that Military Children serve too!”
-Shannon Shurko, Miliatry Support Liaison, Cumberland County Schools, (and military wife and mother)