Early Care & Education Programs
The Challenge | Most preschool-age children and infants in Mecklenburg County live in families where all parents or care givers work outside the home. These families are struggling to afford quality early education due to rising costs of inflation rates per child. Without it, parents can’t work.
How We Help | Therefore, over 80% of Smart Start’s funding is invested in early childhood education, assisting working parents who can’t afford high-quality care and special services for at-risk children. Other programs improve the quality of child care in our county through teacher education.
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool
A 5-star program that provides high-quality preschool education to low-income, at-risk Hispanic/Latino children, ages 3-5. Charlotte Bilingual Preschool prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and offers parent training and engagement.
Through consultation, health education and technical assistance, nurses and health educators work with individual child care facilities to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children.
Child Care Resources
- Child Care Subsidy
- Child Care Consumer Education
- Quality Every Day
- Directors Leadership Academy
Helps low-income families pay for quality care in 4 and 5 star child care centers, which allows them to work or attend school. The program is administered through Child Care Resources Inc.
Helps families select quality child care arrangements that meet their needs and preferences. Parents are informed about child development issues, quality indicators, program options and features. Provides referrals to programs and information, financial assistance and community resources.
More information to come.
More information to come.
Early Childhood Teacher Professional Development
MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded program that offers a high-quality Pre-K experience to ensure children are academically and developmentally prepared for kindergarten. Classrooms are located in 4 and 5 star child care centers and children attend a 6.5 hour school day program.
North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten
Offers a high-quality pre-k option for at-risk children and prepares them for success in school. Children attend a 6.5 hour school day program following the CMS schedule. Classrooms are located in 4 and 5 star child care centers and Head Start programs.
Mecklenburg County NC Pre-K is accepting applications from 4 and 5 star licensed child care centers that are interested in becoming an NC Pre-K site for the 2020-2021 school year.
Interested sites must send a representative to the Information Session. This meeting will be held on March 9th at the Smith Family Center (1600 Tyvola Rd.) in the Multi-Purpose Room from 9:00-10:00 am.
- In preparation for this training, please review the NC Pre-K Program Guidance & Requirements.
- Click here to register for the Information Session.
- 3 copies of the NC Pre-K site selection application along with supporting documents are due by Friday, March 27 no later than 4:00pm
Applications must be delivered to the CMS Pre-k Office Room B3 located at Smith Family Center 1600 Tyvola Rd Charlotte NC 28210
1600 Tyvola Road
Smith Administrative Building
Charlotte, NC 28210
The Learning Collaborative
Serves preschool children from at-risk families through a 5 star, tuition-free program with literacy-rich activities that address their educational and social needs. A Family Support Specialist builds and nurtures relationships with parents to lay the foundation for on-going involvement in their child’s education.
The Polliwog Project
This program provides behavior support and developmental therapies to children experiencing challenging behavior in their early childhood school setting and prevents expulsion. A behavior specialist works with the teacher, parent, child, and other professionals to support success for the child.
Turn Five Ready to Thrive
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202