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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.

Digital resources for COVID-19 at your fingertips. 

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. 

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Register Now for Coalition Webinar on Monday

Join the North Carolina Early Education Coalition on Monday, April 27th at 2:00 pm for a webinar to discuss the NC Legislative Short Session beginning on April 28th, as well as the latest updates on policy and advocacy actions for early childhood education related to...

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