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.
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.read more
Fruits and vegetables benefit kids in many ways, including improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance, but most children don’t get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.read more
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.read more
The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks-particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live…read more
Here are Governor Cooper’s budget highlights of Investments in Early Learning….read more
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…read more