Lee County Partnership for Children receives clean audit

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Partnership for Children (LCPFC) has a “clean bill” of financial health, according to an independent audit. An audit of FY 2011-20012 found the organization was in compliance and had appropriate internal controls. LCPFC administers Smart Start for children, ages birth to five, and North Carolina Pre-K programs for at risk 4-year-old children.

The state requires an audit of LCPFC every two years. Auditors look for compliance in three core areas: accuracy of financial statements; how the partnership processes and authorizes transactions such as grants, accounts payable, payroll and cash receipts; and contract compliance. Per report by Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans, & Company, LLP – Certified Public Accountants, there were “no findings to report.”

“We are very pleased with the results,” said board chair Jan Hayes. “The LCPFC Board of Directors and staff strive to use every tax dollar wisely to help our children and our county thrive, and this audit shows we have done just that.”

Smart Start is the state’s early childhood infrastructure. Created in 1993 by the N.C. Legislature, Smart Start is funded in all 100 counties and is administered by 77 local partnerships – the system which assesses local needs; works with local service providers; ensures accountability; and leverages various resources. Local partnerships collaborate with local entities to enhance education, health services, and family supports to best meet the needs of young children and their families.

The NC Pre-K Program provides high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds across N.C. and within Lee County. Currently, the N.C. Pre-K program serves 306 children in 17 classrooms across Lee County.

For more information about LCPFC programs offered in Lee County, visit the Partnership’s website at www.leecountypfc.org, visit and ‘like’ LCPFC on Facebook, or call (919) 774-9496.