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COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

Our Child Care Provider COVID-19 Relief Fund offers assistance to licensed centers & homes actively serving children or working to reopen. Centers throughout the County have the opportunity to apply for one-time grant funds to assist with COVID-19 related incurred.  While we know the funding we provide will not meet all of the needs faced by centers, we are hopeful that funds will be helpful during this critical time. Applications will be accepted through July 20th, or until funds are expended.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County has implemented precautions for the safety of our staff and families we serve. Beginning March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020 SSMC staff will be working remotely. Management will closely monitor the situation and adjust these dates as needed. If you need assistance, please call our main line at (704) 377-6588 or email your main point of contact, if applicable. All messages will be returned within 48 hours, though likely sooner.

It’s important to note closures apply to MECK Pre-K as well. MECK Pre-K Centers will close for a minimum of 15 days, effective Tuesday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Please keep yourself and others safe by following precautions outlined by the Center for Disease Control.
Visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19 for more information.

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

MECK Pre-K is a county-funded program and therefore FREE for children who qualify. 

GPS is designed for Mecklenburg County parents with children 0-5 who are part of the complex, sometime frightening world of autism.

Sign up to receive FREE books! Program is available to children living in Mecklenburg County until their 5th birthday. 

Recent News & Information

Upcoming Charlotte Focus Group – March 29, 2018

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the major source of federal funds for child care subsidy and quality improvement in North Carolina. The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) uses the funds to provide child care assistance for...

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#CommitTo80 with Read Charlotte

Read Charlotte just announced its upcoming inaugural “Commit to 80” campaign, a mission which aims not only to raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s literacy, but to also activate everyone in Mecklenburg County to commit to do their part to reach...

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Charlotte Bilingual Preschool is expanding!!!

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool is expanding and will be adding a Dual Language Innovation Classroom for the 2018-2019 school year. The Dual Language Innovation Classroom (Innovation Classroom) will allow the Preschool to prepare 36 additional children for kindergarten....

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Chairman Dunlap Delivers State of the County Address

"Decades of research has shown that pre-kindergarten makes a difference in school readiness not just in the short-term by preparing children for kindergarten, but in the long-term as children grow up, become employed, and contribute to the strength of the economy."-...

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