March 31, 2023
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Convenes Early Childhood Professionals and Advocates for Their Third Annual Partner Powered Conference
Early childhood advocates will gather in Charlotte for Smart Start of Mecklenburg County's (SSMC) annual Partner Powered Conference this April. Held April 4-5, 2023, at Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City, the conference will convene early childhood professionals and advocates for an opportunity to focus on our youngest citizens and their families.
As an organization founded on a core pillar of convening, SSMC looks forward to bringing together leaders in the early childhood arena in observance of the organization's 30th anniversary. This milestone event will consist of three parts.
The conference kicks off on April 4 with Convening the Voices of Leadership: A Conversation on Quality for Early Care & Education, facilitated by the Trust for Learning and UNC-Chapel Hill. This conversation will allow attendees to dive deeper and reframe fair and equitable rating criteria.
The first day of the conference will conclude with a rooftop reception, to highlight and honor the transformational impact Smart Start's partners and supporters have helped them achieve in the prenatal to five community. Attendees will have the opportunity to share stories, network with other professionals, observe their combined successes, and share ideas for the future.
The second and final day of the conference, April 5, features two tracks themed around Investing in You, both of which meet the needs of clinicians and managers/administrators. Attendees can expect a full day of relationship-building and development to allow our community to thrive for years.
“Thirty years ago, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt had the vision to place a statewide focus on early childhood. We are honored and thrilled to celebrate thirty years of service and impact for families in Mecklenburg County,” said Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Chief Executive Officer Jake House.
This event is closed to the public; however, the media is invited to join SSMC for their 30th Anniversary rooftop reception on April 4 at the Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.


About Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
SSMC has undergone tremendous evolution over the years, and today it invests in and/or administers nearly 30 programs, including MECK Pre-KThe Basics Mecklenburg, Guiding Parents to Services, Ready4K and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
SSMC mobilizes resources, forges partnerships, and supports families to improve early childhood health, education and development and ensure children are prepared for kindergarten. Their four focus areas are early care and education quality and accessibility, family support, health, and early literacy for children from birth to five. For more information, visit

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