Request for Applications

The opportunity to apply for FY21-22 funding is now open. Submit your application by clicking the link below. 

New Funding Opportunity!

We invite you to submit a letter of intent for innovation initiatives.

Be a Champion for Children

We’re Proud to Announce our Partnerships for FY20-21

Digital resources for COVID-19 at your fingertips. 

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

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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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.

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