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Boosting Children’s Learning Through Text Messages. Text SSMC To 70138 To Sign Up.


MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded Pre-Kindergarten Program FREE to eligible 4-Year-Olds.

Help Mecklenburg County Children Turn Five Ready to Thrive

Five fun, simple and powerful ways that families can give every child a great start in life.

GPS Serves Children With Special Health Care Needs Ages 0-3 as They Transition from CDSA to CMS.


This Program Is Available to Children Living in Mecklenburg County Until Their 5th Birthday. 

Recent News & Information

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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Making the Move to Kindergarten

The countdown to kindergarten has begun! To help make the transition as smooth as possible, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI), and MECK Pre-K are pleased to share these new resources for rising kindergarten families. Take a Virtual...

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Your Chance to Shop for GOOD | July 12-19

With just a couple of clicks you can help us get the items we need to keep doing our critical work! Since schools closed in March due to COVID-19, over 1.2 billion children have been displaced from classrooms globally. From a local perspective, this means many...

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MECK Pre-K | Drive-Thru Registration Event

Special Announcement!MECK Pre-K is hosting socially distant registration events for June! They offer high-quality pre-kindergarten available to qualified children. It is County-funded and FREE of charge.

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Autism Family Support Group | Your Virtual Village

JOIN VIRTUALLY EACH THURSDAY | 2-3PM You are invited to the Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) Parent Support Group: Your Virtual Village. While a child’s autism diagnosis can rock the world of young families, connecting with other parents wh oare facing similar issues...

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MECK Pre-K Now Taking Provider Applications

Are you interested in having a MECK Pre-K classroom at your child care center for the 2021-22 school year?  This is the fourth year of Mecklenburg County’s six-year plan to expand pre-kindergarten to reach all four-year-old children in the County.  It is an incredible...

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