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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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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
In a technology-driven age, infants’ and toddlers’ exposure to “screen time” is a hot topic. As caregivers in the classroom, we may be pressured by parents who use screen media with their children at home—parents who would like us to help their children acquire technology skills they will need to use later on.
Children who were enrolled in North Carolina’s early childhood programs performed better throughout elementary school, with gains lasting through fifth grade, according to a study by Duke University researchers.
Mecklenburg County commissioners went on record Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in support of early childhood education for all children 5 and under, but the unanimous vote steered well clear of spending commitments.
The Hearts Beat as One Foundation and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County announced the expansion of the DPIL program to 12 zip codes in Mecklenburg County on November 16th.
School is back in session and students are busier than ever. As we ask more of our youth, let’s ensure that they know about all of the opportunities and resources available to help them succeed. Join us to learn about mentoring programs, prosocial activities, work...
Each Child. Every Neighborhood.
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202