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Blog and Personal Stories

Welcome! Families that are dealing with ASD have a unique journey.  This journey is often difficult, but often funny as well.  In this section, GPS invites our readers and families to share their personal stories of trials and success.  This is your opportunity to...

Happy Birthday, Junior League of Charlotte!

Happy Birthday, Junior League of Charlotte!

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc., (JLC) is celebrating their 95th anniversary! To honor this occasion, the JLC will initiate a diaper drive for their 95 Hours of Continuous Service Campaign running November 15 - 19. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is thrilled to...

Encouraging Children to Wear Masks

Encouraging Children to Wear Masks

In our current pandemic environment, face masks have become an everyday norm.  Even as an adult, it can be challenging at time to wear a mask for prolonged periods of time, but these challenges are even greater for the youngest members of the community, especially...

GivingTuesday 2020

GivingTuesday 2020

Six Things to Know About GivingTuesday What is GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and unity. Now in its twelfth year, GivingTuesday is recognized as an opportunity for people and communities to come together in the spirit of generosity. The first...

MeckBetterTogether

MeckBetterTogether

Mecklenburg County's Department of Social Services (DSS) has teamed up with community partners to launch MeckBetterTogether.  This initiative was created to maximize the efforts of child and family caring agencies to support families and focus on the safety and...

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Being overweight or obese can put kids at risk later in life for diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. It’s not too late for the child in your life, though! We want to give you the information you need to help keep your family healthy. Here are a few ideas for the entire family getting started on the road to better health.

Autism Parent Support Group

Autism Parent Support Group

Virtual Weekly Sessions Thursdays | 10am - 12pm* *Beginning October 1While a child’s autism diagnosis can rock the world of young families, connecting with other parents who are facing similar issues can be an incredible help. Join Amy DeShazo, Autism Coordinator of...

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

To raise awareness for literacy issues that exist within our own community as well as globally, we invite you to join us in celebration of International Literacy Day, September 8. Each day, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL), a funded program of Smart Start of...

International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity

Dear community members, We invite you to join us in observation of International Day of Charity on September 5. This special day is dedicated to recognizing the positive impact that organizations have on local communities, and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is...

Proudly Announcing our Direct Service Providers | FY20-21

Proudly Announcing our Direct Service Providers | FY20-21

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is excited to announce our FY20-21 grant recipients! We are proud to partner with these area organizations to build a strong system of support for our young children and their families.  Smart Start of Mecklenburg’s mission is to...

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) Parent Support Groups

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) Parent Support Groups

You are invited to the Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) Virtual Parent Support Group. All meetings use the Zoom platform (you are not required to have Zoom to participate) and are 10am-11am.  These meetings are open to parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years old...

National Nonprofit Day | August 17, 2020

National Nonprofit Day | August 17, 2020

Dear community members, We invite you to join us in observation of National Nonprofit Day. This special day is dedicated to recognizing the positive impact that organizations have on local communities, and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is proud to take part. On...

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