Mecklenburg County has taken a bold and courageous step towards its action plan for early childhood education. On June 19th, our county commissioners voted in favor of appropriating funding to offer Pre-K to 600 additional four-year-old children for the 2018-2019 school year.
This initiative, called Meck Pre-K, is the first phase of a six-year plan to expand Pre-K to
Mecklenburg County four-year-olds.
Why is Pre-K important?
A child's brain develops more in the first five years than at any other point in their life. When children have access to quality early education, they are better equipped to start kindergarten healthy and ready to learn, leading to higher success in their future schooling. When children are successful in school, they are more likely to be employed, earn higher salaries and are less likely to commit violent crimes. Laying a healthy foundation in those first five years is crucial.
Who will manage the county's Meck Pre-K initiative?
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is honored to have been asked to manage the Meck Pre-K program. From budget management to site selection to student recruitment, it is our privilege to administer this initiative for the county.
Who is eligible?
For the 2018-19 school year, children must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2018 and live in Mecklenburg county. Keep an eye on our website; applications for enrollment will be available soon.
Check our website throughout the summer as we will be sharing more information and updates about the Meck Pre-K initiative.