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Calling all Day Care Cooks, Teachers & Administrators!!!

Healthy Futures - Soups Stocks and More In this workshop, you will learn easy to prepare recipes and how to turn 1 stock into many healthy and delicious meals. One of our favorite workshops returns with new recipes for making soups, stocks and more. You will learn...

#GivingTuesdayCLT

#GivingTuesday (Nov. 28) is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.   Presented by Wells Fargo and powered by SHARE Charlotte, #GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s local response to the global movement. Now in its fourth...

Preschool Sensory-Motor Development (2-5 years)

Workshop for PRESCHOOL Sensory-Motor DEVELOPMENT for children ages 2-5 years. TOPICS will include How children grow and explore their environment from 2-5 years including Fine motor development, Gross motor development and Sensory processing. This event is for parents, caregivers and professionals (adults only; no childcare available).

Give your solar eclipse glasses a second chance!

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is proud to Support Astronomers without Borders and Explore Scientific in their quest to collect eclipse glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Young children are natural...

Healthy Charlotte Get Involved

Charlotte Strong is designed to engage individuals, corporations and community constituents in FREE or donation based activities by creating a month long calendar of physical activities and events.  Participants can be anyone in the community.  We are all working...

Your role in children’s healthy social/emotional development – Online course starts soon!

Supporting children’s healthy social and emotional development can have a big impact on their long-term success in school and beyond. Join us online for an engaging 10-lesson series from Exchange Press to explore strategies and new ideas to help you promote positive social/emotional development and address challenging behaviors in the classroom. This course is tailored to meet your experience level! You’ll identify your experience level and then complete activities designed to “meet you where you’re at” as an early childhood professional.

NC Pre-K Earns High Marks for Its First 15 Years

North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program has supported over 350,000 children in multiple areas of learning and development, according to a new summary report from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The report says favorable outcomes from the program can last for years after children enter elementary school.

Legislative Update

Click “Read More” to view the updated table summarizing the provisions impacting early childhood programs included in the FINAL FY2017-2019 compromise budget.

Bright By Text

Did you know that 85% of a child’s intellect, personality and social skills are developed in the first 3 years of life? Since babies don’t come with an instruction manual, all parents need a little guidance on how to make the most of these critical years for their children.

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