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.

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.

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