Literacy Programs

Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Parents, grandparents and teachers play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Provides books, free of charge, to children living in Mecklenburg County until their 5th birthday. Enrolled children receive one age-appropriate book in the mail each month until their 5th birthday.

Champagne Selman
Literacy Coordinator


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

Raising a Reader

Promotes literacy between parents and children by providing rotating bags of high quality books to children enrolled in child care centers and by offering onsite early literacy workshops.

4600 Park Rd., Suite 400,
Charlotte, NC 28209



A research-based text-messaging program for parents with young children. Each week, you will receive age-appropriate facts, tips and opportunities to boost your child age birth to five’s learning by building on existing family routines.

Click here to enroll. 

You Can Help Children Turn Five Ready to Thrive.


Turn Five Ready to Thrive

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