Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expands to 20,000 children in Mecklenburg County! December 2017

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library are working together to bring books to Mecklenburg County's youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes December 2017

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.

#GivingTuesdayCLT November 2017

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CHIP expired on September 30, 2017 and health coverage for 9 million children is in jeopardy. November 2017

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that insures around 9 million children over 256,000 in NC alone -- expired September 30, 2017.

Extraordinary work to be recognized through NEW ‘Reading Hero’ project November 2017

Read Charlotte announced last Monday that its new initiative, called "Reading Heroes," will highlight members of the community who are doing extraordinary things to improve children's literacy from birth through third grade in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

NoDa Brewery to host a Brews & Books Kick-Off Event on November 10th at 4pm November 2017

NoDa Brewing Company has been a financial supporter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Mecklenburg County since 2015.

Mecklenburg County Early Childhood Education Report Now Available October 2017

The "Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education" has been presented to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

Preschool Sensory-Motor Development (2-5 years) October 2017

Join Child & Family Development at their next free seminar to learn about development during ages 2-5 years and how to build sensory-motor skill-building activities into everyday routines.

Give your solar eclipse glasses a second chance! September 2017

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is proud to Support Astronomers without Borders and Explore Scientific in their quest to collect eclipse glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.

Healthy Charlotte Get Involved September 2017

Charlotte Strong is designed to engage individuals, corporations and community constituents in FREE or donation based activities by creating a month long calendar of physical activities and events.

Your role in children’s healthy social/emotional development – Online course starts soon! September 2017

Attention early childhood teachers, family child care providers, and those who support them: Your work in supporting children's healthy social and emotional development can have a big impact on their long-term success in school and beyond.

NC Pre-K Earns High Marks for Its First 15 Years August 2017

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.

Legislative Update August 2017

Below is an updated table summarizing the provisions impacting early childhood programs included in the FINAL FY2017-2019 compromise budget.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program Shares Solutions with Parents August 2017

Routines, tantrums, mealtimes, teachable moments, bedtime rituals, descriptive praise.

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Announces New Executive Director July 2017

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is pleased to announce the selection of Nancy Hughes as its new executive director effective July 24, 2017.

Bright By Text July 2017

Did you know that 85% of a child's intellect, personality and social skills are developed in the first 3 years of life? Since babies don't come with an instruction manual, all parents need a little guidance on how to make the most of these critical years for their children.

Want less screen time for kids this summer? Have them host a LemonAID Stand for Good! July 2017

For many neighbors in Charlotte, summer brings a time of great need.

New report outlines research behind measures that move the needle on third-grade reading June 2017

The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative is building on North Carolina's history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the state: the overwhelming majority of our children, especially those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Belk Foundation Invests in Efforts to Double 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency June 2017

A grant of $100,000 from The Belk Foundation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will dramatically expand the Library's efforts to address the challenge of third grade reading proficiency through Active Reading training.

I Heart Water Initiative June 2017

Drinking water is essential to improving one's health.

The Importance of Fruits & Vegetables and Buying Local June 2017

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.

Summer Water Safety Tips June 2017

We know water is everywhere.

Online Tool Helps Locate Your Local Park June 2017

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.

Gov. Cooper Offers Budget with Common Ground Solutions for NC June 2017

Here are Governor Cooper's budget highlights of Investments in Early Learning: Expands funding and eliminates the waitlist for NC Pre-K so that by July 1, 2018 an estimated additional 4,668 at-risk four-year olds will receive high quality pre-kindergarten classes.

The Benefits of Positive Parenting June 2017

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.

Reach For The Stars with Farm To Preschool June 2017

Aligning Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) with Farm to Preschool (F2P) The North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network (NCFPN) was convened in May 2015 by ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) and NC CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program).

Private Dollars help Children of Mecklenburg County June 2017

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is pleased to announce it has received a $300,000 grant from the Vanguard Community Stewardship program.

“Carolina Impact” story about Dolly Parton Imagination Library February 2017

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a program that ​mails out children a free book each month from birth up until 5 years old.

Parents as Teachers Expands Early Education in West Charlotte January 2017

The Y is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $124,700 grant from the Vanguard Capital for Kids Program.

Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem January 2017

The study Lead researcher Walter Gilliam knew that to get an accurate measure of implicit bias among preschool teachers, he couldn't be fully transparent with his subjects about what, exactly, he was trying to study.

Infants, Toddlers, and Screen Media January 2017

In a technology-driven age, infants' and toddlers' exposure to "screen time" is a hot topic.

Duke Study: NC preschool programs yield long-lasting gains for children January 2017

Children who were enrolled in North Carolina's early childhood programs performed better throughout elementary school, with gains lasting through fifth grade, according to a study by Duke University researchers.