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.

I Heart Water Initiative

Drinking water is essential to improving one’s health. However, many people instead turn to higher-calorie beverages to quench their thirst. To address this issue, Mecklenburg County Public Health, Charlotte Water and Healthy Weight, Healthy Child are pleased to announce the I Heart Water Initiative.

Summer Water Safety Tips

We know water is everywhere. Whether you’re bathing your baby in the sink or splashing around with your toddler in a pool, water is great fun for kids. But it’s also a place where safety must come first, so here are a few tips for kids who love to get wet.

The Benefits of Positive Parenting

Positive parenting can overcome the effects of poverty on brain development in adolescents, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies on the association of poverty with poor academic and psychosocial...

Private Dollars help Children of Mecklenburg County

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is pleased to announce it has received a $300,000 grant from the Vanguard Community Stewardship program. This partnership funds the expansion of existing Smart Start evidence based programs designed to support the healthy development of children and to ensure kindergarten readiness. Specifically the grant expands YMCA’s Parents as Teachers, Reach Out & Read and Smart Start Healthy Families.

FY17-18 Funding Opportunity

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County  FY17-18 Funding Opportunity   PBIS PLA50 – Child Care Subsidy In collaboration with Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, administer the provision of child care subsidy in the following priority area: At-risk populations participating...

Parents as Teachers Expands Early Education in West Charlotte

The Y is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $124,700 grant from the Vanguard Capital for Kids Program. Secured through the efforts of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, these funds will support the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program to provide 25...

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

Make a Difference


Each Child. Every Neighborhood.

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