Smart Start of Mecklenburg County mobilizes resources, forges partnerships and supports families to improve early childhood health, education, and development - all to help ensure children are prepared for kindergarten. Our four areas of focus are early care and education quality and accessibility, family support, health, and early literacy for children ages birth to five.
MECK Pre-K Will Be In-Person
For 2020-2021 School Year
MECK Pre-K will reopen with in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to ensure that children, families, teachers, and providers feel safe and prepared to go back to school, a number of operational adjustments will be made. See the adjustments and learn more below.
Read Regularly
Reading regularly with young children prepares them to be successful students. The serve and return interactions that happen as a parent or caregiver talks with a child about the book, points to the words or pictures, and asks the child questions about the story, are critical to healthy brain development.

Snuggle up with a little one on September 8 and celebrate International Day of Literacy together while practicing The Basics!
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Parents and Caregivers,

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is dedicated to building a community that ensures all children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Currently, Smart Start is conducting a study to learn more about the needs of families who have Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), defined as children who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions, needing health services beyond the care that a child typically needs. An important part of the study is hearing directly from parents and caregivers about their experiences, and we respectfully request 10-15 minutes of your time to answer a brief survey.
Your participation is important and can help us improve our community to meet your needs and the needs of other families. Please note that all answers are confidential and anonymous.

Thank you for your time and participation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Stamp at

To learn more about Smart Start, visit
Padres y cuidadores,
Smart Start del condado de Mecklenburg se dedica a construir una comunidad que asegura que todos los niños entren al jardín de infancia sanos y listos para triunfar. En la actualidad, Smart Start está realizando un estudio para conocer más sobre las necesidades de las familias que tienen niños con necesidades especiales de atención médica (CSHCN), definidas como niños que tienen o están en riesgo de tener condiciones físicas, de desarrollo, de comportamiento o emocionales crónicas, que necesitan servicios de salud más allá de la atención que un niño típicamente necesita. Una parte importante del estudio es escuchar directamente de los padres y cuidadores acerca de sus experiencias, y respetuosamente solicitamos de 10 a 15 minutos de su tiempo para responder a una breve encuesta. Para participar, por favor haga clic en : AQUÍ PARA LA ENCUESTA

Su participación es importante y puede ayudarnos a mejorar nuestra comunidad para satisfacer sus necesidades y las de otras familias. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que todas las respuestas son confidenciales y anónimas.
Gracias por su tiempo y participación.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o preocupación, por favor contacte a Jennifer Stamp en

Para obtener más información sobre Smart Start, visite

Funded Program Feature
Covid-19 is making access to childcare classrooms hard, but our partners at Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI) have found a virtual workaround for one of their programs. Quality Every Day (QED) is a year-long training and coaching program for child care center teachers in Mecklenburg County. When work restrictions prevented QED coaches from observing teachers in the classroom - a key component of instruction, CCRI looked to technology and Smart Start to provide an answer. Using funds provided by Smart Start, they were able to purchase Swivl, a camera and microphone system that provides 360-degree footage of the classroom. And Swivl is FERPA and COPPA compliant, making it safe for kids. “We were able to purchase 10 Swivl systems and get our coaches trained over the summer. We are ready to go this fall thanks in part to our partnership with Smart Start,” said Lee Perry, QED Program Manager. Way to go, CCRI, and the QED team!
Community Happenings
The census count helps bring valuable resources to our community, such as federal funding for things like healthcare, education and transportation. It also impacts our representation in government and our ability to plan for the future.

Complete it today in about 10 minutes
On September 3rd, join Think Babies and their co-sponsors at MomsRising and NCAEYC for their annual Strolling Thunder Think Babies™ NC Advocacy Day. They’re bringing together babies, parents, early educators, and other early childhood advocates to call attention to what all babies need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families, and early care and learning. Learn more and register below.
International Day of Charity - September 5
Each year, International Day of Charity enhances a sense of global social responsibility. This special day presents the opportunity for community members to join in the work Smart Start does every, which day impacts 85,000 local children ages 0-5. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of our funders and friends. We hope you consider Smart Start of Mecklenburg County during your International Day of Charity giving.
International Literacy Day - September 8
This special day increases awareness of literacy issues that are faced by people all over the world, and to endorse campaigns that help increase literacy for all people. By considering a donation, your funds can help expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library beyond 27,000 Mecklenburg children who receive free, age appropriate books delivered to their homes each month. That’s over 324,000 books!

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