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April 2020
MECK Pre-K Operations During Covid-19
Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation.

Classroom Update: Mecklenburg County has determined that MECK Pre-K will follow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools / NC Pre-K school calendar for the remainder of this program year. MECK Pre-K classrooms will be closed until May 15, 2020.

Office Hours Update: MECK Pre-K offices are closed through April 29, 2020 in accordance with the Statewide Stay at Home Order. You can reach us by phone at (704) 943-9585 or by email at

As always, we will operate with the safety and health of our students, teachers and families as our top priorities. We will also continue to be informed on recommendations from leading experts at the local, state and national levels.
Apply Today - Space Limited!

The MECK Pre-K offices may be temporarily closed, but we are still taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year! If you have a child who will be four on or before August 31, simply go to to download and complete your forms, then submit them via fax at 704-377-1824 or email at

When submitting your documents, PLEASE add your child’s name in the subject line of the email or on the fax sheet so we can match it to your application.

If you are not able to download and print an application at this time, please email to request that an application be mailed to you.

All screenings and in-person application dropoffs are postponed. Please visit and follow us on social media at @MeckPreK for further information as details progress.

If you have questions, you can call MECK Pre-K at 704-943-9585. Please leave a detailed message along with your email address, and we will be sure to respond.
Child-Friendly Online Learning Resources for Families
If you have a pre-k child at home, you might be looking for activities to keep them learning. We recommend prioritizing hands-on and in-person activities for an optimal learning experience, but we also know that online activities can enhance and supplement these activities.

MECK Pre-K has compiled this great Resource Sheet with links to different educational resources, providing a mix of in-person and online activities to develop skills ranging from vocabulary to math to science to art. If you're looking for more non-screen activities, here's a list of 75 indoor activities from our friends at Charlotte on the Cheap.
Covid-19 Resources from Smart Start
This page from the Smart Start website provides a platform for the latest news, guidance, and resources, as well as keeping you updated on ways that you can take action to support families and the early childhood system.
Make Sure You and your Child are Counted!
The 2020 Census is happening now, and it's very important that young children are counted. The census count brings resources to our community for education, healthcare, nutrition and more. This video explains why it is important to include children in the census count.

Make it Count! by completing the census for you and your family.
Week of the Young Child™, April 13–17
April 13–17 is known as the Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Even though we are currently closed, MECK Pre-K has so much to celebrate: our students, our families, our teachers and our staff!

Here are some fun suggestions for how you can participate at home:

  • Music Monday: Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn. Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active!
  • Tasty Tuesday: Healthy eating and fitness at home and school. This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more.
  • Work Together Wednesday: When children build together they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. Even if you do it over FaceTime! Grab some materials and create! 
  • Artsy Thursday: Think, problem solve, create. Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!
  • Family Friday: Sharing family stories. Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.
MECK Pre-K Testimonial
Recently, a MECK Pre-K parent had this to share about her experience.

“We are having an incredible experience with MECK Pre-K. My daughter’s facility, her teachers, the thoughtfulness of every aspect of the program from the time you walk in the door, to the shared family time at home has been amazing. Engaging is the best word to describe our experience. We are in the best learning environment for our child and wish all children could have a comparable experience.”
Tell Us Your Story!

Do you have a story to share about your child's experience in MECK Pre-K? Share your story using our new Recommendation Form. You can now fill it out online!
MECK Pre-K In the News
FOX Charlotte recently highlighted that one of our MECK Pre-K centers, Bright Future Learning Center, has been distributing bags of essential child supplies to families in need who have been impacted by Covid-19. Click here to watch the story.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. Learn More

Pictured here is MECK Pre-K Director Trinisha Dean with Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell at last year's event to raise awareness about this important month. The Pinwheel is the national symbol of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Do you love MECK Pre-K?

"Like" us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with our handle @MECKPreK and share our posts! You can also talk about MECK Pre-K on social media using this Social Media Primer in English and Spanish.
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