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GUIDING PARENTs TO SERVICES
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Charlotte Bilingual Preschool
Child Care Resources
Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K)
Raising a Reader
Safe Journey Parents
community literacy impact program
bond with me
This project of Myers Park Pediatrics identifies new parent-child dyads who are struggling with additional needs or challenges. These families are given extra support, to ensure that all of the social determinates of health are being addressed for both parent and child, to mitigate intergenerational trauma and build resilience. Through enhanced case management, parent education and short term counseling, parents are provided additional tools to meet their child's needs. The program tracks well child visits, immunizations, breastfeeding, weight, development, intervention services, access to benefits, postpartum depression and safety.
The Learning Collaborative
YMCA Parents as Teachers
Child First is an evidence-based home visiting program, with proven effectiveness in achieving improved mental health outcomes for young children (0-5) and their caregivers. It is a psychotherapeutic, two-generation intervention, which helps build a nurturing, responsive, parent-child relationship. This protects the child's developing brain from the damage of chronic stress, heals the effects of trauma and adversity for both child and parent/caregiver, and promotes strong emotional health, cognitive growth, and resilience. This model is being implemented by Children's Home Society.
moms moving forward
Freedom Communities' Moms Moving Forward program takes a holistic and community-based approach to drive upward mobility and family stability for single mothers and their children in 28208.Participants meet weekly with Transformation Coaches who are trained in the evidenced-based EMPath model to support moms in setting and achieving goals related to housing, employment, wages, well-being, support, and financial capability. During the 12-month paid program, mothers and their children build a network of support with other program participants and connect to resources that address each social determinant of health.
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NC Diaper Bank Charlotte
-- Michelle Old, founder and executive director of DBNC.
Research shows that many U.S. families struggle to afford personal care items. One out of every three families reports difficulty accessing adequate diapers.
Jennifer Stamp, Chief Strategy Officer of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County explains, "Very often, families are forced to choose between buying food and diapers."
SSMC and The Archer Foundation helped secure the new facility space and raise awareness in the Charlotte community. SSMC also assisted DBNC in raising money to fund operations and staff for the first 18 months.
-- Jordan P. Archer of The Archer Foundation.
However, our mission does not stop at diapers. SSMC invests human and financial resources in the early childhood system, convenes organizations to address opportunities, and serves as a hub for early childhood innovation. Our goal is that all children turn five ready to thrive.
You can support our mission by making a gift. Please stay tuned for more information on when diapers will be available and how families can access them.
We exist to help you access programs in Mecklenburg County that offer high-quality Pre-K care and education to ensure children are academically and developmentally prepared for Kindergarten.
Smart Start encourages and provides awareness for the benefits of preschool programs for children in Mecklenburg County. All programs support learning, health, nutrition, parent participation, and students with disabilities.
All children living in Mecklenburg County who turn four years old on or before August 31 of the school year they are applying for are eligible