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October 2020
We're "Falling" for MECK Pre-K
Last month, MECK Pre-K students, teachers and staff came back to school with new COVID-19 safety measures. As the fall continues, our students have been busy learning and growing. Here are some learning moments from our MECK Pre-K centers and classrooms.
MECK Pre-K teacher Ms. Grant shared this photo of herself so her students could get familiar with what her face looks like in a mask.
"What can you see with a magnifying glass?" Recently, our students explored a new "view" of their world by engaging their scientific curiosity skills.
"What sounds do we hear at school? What are the rules at our school? How do we make friends?" These are a few of the focus questions from a learning web in one of our classrooms.
Safety Information
Click here to download a handout detailing our COVID-19 safety measures.

Click here to watch a video of our webinar featuring Dr. Meg Sullivan, medical director for Mecklenburg County, answering questions about COVID-19 safety protocols in our MECK Pre-K classrooms.
Message From the Executive Director
We understand these are challenging times for everyone in our community. We are working hard to keep our students, families, and staff safe while providing high-quality education for our children. Watch this video to get the latest updates from MECK Pre-K Executive Director Trinisha Dean.
MECK Pre-K is Still Taking Applications
MECK Pre-K is still taking applications for the current school year! While we have lifted the income eligibility requirement, priority is still being given to families with a household income that is at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.

Find out if you qualify for MECK Pre-K by answering two simple questions:

  • Do you live in Mecklenburg County?
  • Will your child turn four on or before August 31?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, you can apply to MECK Pre-K! Visit our Enrollment Page to download an application and learn more.
Community Outreach
MECK Pre-K was at WOW Supermarket with Atrium Health, La Coalicion and others on October 3, handing out masks and information about MECK Pre-K.

If you are a community partner interested in having MECK Pre-K at an upcoming event, contact Anabel Paniagua-Doyle, MECK Pre-K Community Outreach Recruiter, at
Help Spread the Word About MECK Pre-K!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with our handle @MECKPreK and subscribe to our new YouTube Channel and share our posts! You can also talk about MECK Pre-K on social media using this Social Media Primer in English and Spanish.
Important Community Updates
Safe and Fun Fall Celebration Tips
Here are some great tips on how to celebrate the fall season safely, courtesy of County Health Director Gibbie Harris.
  • Carve pumpkins and decorate your home with your family
  • Drive around and check out your neighbor’s decorations as well
  • Make and enjoy your favorite fall beverage and foods at home with your family
  • Create a scavenger hunt in your yard for your own children
  • Wear your favorite costume and have a Halloween movie night with your family
Virtual Public Pre-K Options
For families who are looking for a public pre-k program with virtual instruction, there are two programs available in Mecklenburg County. Bright Beginnings and NC Pre-K are offering virtual instruction at this time.

Families can email or visit the link below for more information.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month! This month celebrates the contributions, cultures, traditions and histories of American neighbors whose ancestors are from Hispanic/Latino countries.

MECK Pre-K celebrated by recognizing the cultures, customs, and backgrounds of our employees. We have featured our Hispanic/Latinx employees as well as famous Hispanic figures throughout the month. This photo shows a display wall in the MECK Pre-K offices.
October is National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
Every October, advocates across Mecklenburg County come together to raise awareness about domestic violence. This month provides an opportunity to educate the community on the pattern of abusive behaviors that alter the lives of too many of our neighbors, friends and families. It is a time hold events in memory of those who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers, and to celebrate all survivors of intimate partner violence.
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