Health Programs

The Challenge
Poor health can hinder a young child’s growth, education and development, thereby preventing them from achieving their full potential when they enter school.

How We Help
Smart Start funds health programs to reduce health risks, educate parents on prevention, identify children with unmet health concerns, and help young children obtain the services they need to be successful.

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS)

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS)

601 E. 5th St., Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-943-9416
This program is designed for Mecklenburg County parents with children 0-5 who are part of the complex, sometime frightening world of autism. The Autism Coordinator offers a range of services including; parent education, support, and referrals to early...

Assisting Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Guiding Parents to Services (GPS), a program at Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, is a navigational system offered free to families who are entering the world of autism. GPS is available to parents of young children, birth to 5, whose child is suspected of having, or has been recently diagnosed with, an autism spectrum…

Polliwog Project

Polliwog Project

1645 Clanton Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-817-1607
Provides specialized therapies and child-centered behavioral intervention for children whose therapeutic needs do not qualify for Charlotte Mecklenburg School's Pre-K Exceptional Children's Program, the NC Infant/Toddler program, or whose challenging...