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.

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes

A comprehensive review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood education suggests that the instructional practices of preschool teachers have the largest impact on young children’s academic and social skills. The review helps untangle a complicated knot of factors that affect young children. “High quality preschool is one of the most effective means of preparing all…

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Being overweight or obese can put kids at risk later in life for diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. It’s not too late for the child in your life, though! We want to give you the information you need to help keep your family healthy. Here are a few ideas for the entire family getting started on the road to better health.

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NC Pre-K Earns High Marks for Its First 15 Years

NC Pre-K Earns High Marks for Its First 15 Years

North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program has supported over 350,000 children in multiple areas of learning and development, according to a new summary report from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The report says favorable outcomes from the program can last for years after children enter elementary school.

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Click “Read More” to view the updated table summarizing the provisions impacting early childhood programs included in the FINAL FY2017-2019 compromise budget.

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