Our thoughts are with you as we all face the challenges of coping with the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the rapid changes it is bringing to our daily lives. We know that parents, teachers and caregivers are significantly impacted right now, so we will be continuing our advocacy work on behalf of young children and their families.
This page will serve as a platform for complimentary distance learning resources for families at home affected by COVID-19.
Child Care Provider COVID-19 Relief Fund
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County has established the Child Care Provider COVID-19 Relief Fund in order to offer assistance to licensed centers and homes actively serving children or working to reopen. Centers throughout the County will have the opportunity to apply for one-time grant funds to assist with COVID-19 related expenses incurred. While we know the funding we provide will not meet all of the needs faced by centers, we are hopeful that funds will be helpful during this critical time. Applications will be accepted through July 20th, or until funds are expended. Please note that centers are eligible for only one funding grant; multiple applications will not be accepted. Please be prepared to submit your form W9 along with the application. You may email us at covid19@smartstartof meck.org or call 704-377-6588 with questions.
- Child-Friendly Online Resources for Families (MECK Pre-K)
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (The Kennedy Center)
- PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App – Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations
- Games, Videos, Brain Boosters and More (National Geographic Kids)
- Family Play Plans (TRUCE)
- Free Online Books for Young Children (Wakelet)
- Kid Builder Resources (First Five Orange County)
- Stuck at home with young kids due to the coronavirus? Here’s what to do—and not to do (The Hechinger Report)
- Ready4K – a free text messaging program to boost language and literacy by Read Charlotte.
- NC Office of Early Learning – In an effort to support teachers and families, these resources have been gathered and created to provide activities for children that are aligned to NC standards and do not require technology
- The Basics Mecklenburg – Five free, fun, simple yet powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life.
- Free Educational Resources (Charlotte on the Cheap)
- Taking Care (Child Care Resources, Inc.)
- Family Math (Standford University)
- Tumble Books & Tumble Math (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)
- PebbleGo Science – the go-to resource for K-3 research and literacy
TALKING TO CHILDREN
- COVID-19 Coloring Book in multiple languages (MindHeart)
- Why are People Wearing Masks? Answering Your Child’s Questions. (PBS)
- How to talk to kids about Coronavirus (New York Times Parenting)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Bright Horizons)
- How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus (PBS)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking is Teaching – simple tips and ideas on talking, reading and singing with young children during everyday moments.
- Household Items to Support Math at Home & Finding Math in Everyday Routines (Learning Trajectories)