Health Programs

The Challenge: Poor health can hinder a young child’s growth, education and development, thereby preventing them from achieving their full potential when they enter school.

How We Help: Smart Start funds health programs to reduce health risks, educate parents on prevention, identify children with unmet health concerns, and help young children obtain the services they need to be successful.

Early Childhood Intervention

Provides early identification, referral and enrollment of children aged birth to
36-months with developmental delays and established medical conditions in
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County area. Services are offered at all Novant
Hospital locations.


Guiding Parents To Services

This program is designed for Mecklenburg County parents with children 0-5 who are part of the complex, sometime frightening world of autism. The Autism Coordinator offers a range of services including; parent education, support, and referrals to early intervention services and other community agencies, weekly parent discussion groups addressing topics of interest, training to professionals in the field, and collaborations with agencies to enhance services to families.

Amy DeShazo
Autism Coordinator


Children & Family Service Center Building
601 E. 5th St., Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202

Polliwog Project

Provides specialized therapies and child-centered behavioral intervention for children whose therapeutic needs do not qualify them for Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s Pre-K Exceptional Children’s program, the NC Infant/Toddler program, or whose challenging behavior impacts their child care placement.

Thompson Child & Family Focus
1645 Clanton Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-817-1607


Sound Beginnings and APPLE A Day

Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, Inc. provides an evidence-based, early language intervention program for preschoolers focused on building their skills in early communication, emerging receptive and expressive language. Participating preschools include: The Learning Collaborative, Lakewood Preschool, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Howard Levine Child Development Center and selected Bethlehem Center-Early Head Start classrooms


Make a Difference


Each Child. Every Neighborhood.

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
(704) 377-6588
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202