Smart Start Blog

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County’s blog provides articles on programs, fundraisers, parent tips and the latest industry news and alerts on early childhood education, health and family support for families with children birth to 5, as well as parent tips and community events.

I Heart Water Initiative

I Heart Water Initiative

Drinking water is essential to improving one’s health. However, many people instead turn to higher-calorie beverages to quench their thirst. To address this issue, Mecklenburg County Public Health, Charlotte Water and Healthy Weight, Healthy Child are pleased to announce the I Heart Water Initiative.

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Summer Water Safety Tips

Summer Water Safety Tips

We know water is everywhere. Whether you’re bathing your baby in the sink or splashing around with your toddler in a pool, water is great fun for kids. But it’s also a place where safety must come first, so here are a few tips for kids who love to get wet.

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The Benefits of Positive Parenting

The Benefits of Positive Parenting

Positive parenting can overcome the effects of poverty on brain development in adolescents, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies on the association of poverty with poor academic and psychosocial outcomes in childhood have pointed to the critical role of stress on brain development. Physical and social stress that often occurs…

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