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MECK Pre-K is high-quality free pre-k education for four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County.

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MECK Pre-K is offered through high-quality four- and five-star child care centers in Mecklenburg County.

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MECK Pre-K Contact Information

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org

601 E. 5th Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202

From Our Blog

How Long Is Pre-K?

Are you getting ready to enroll your child in pre-K? If so, you probably have some questions about your child’s age, program duration, and scheduling considerations. Here’s what you need to know before enrollment.

Everything You Need to Know for Pre-K Enrollment

Pre-K is a major component of a great early childhood education. This program helps prepare children for the social and academic challenges ahead in kindergarten and all their schooling to come. Given the importance of pre-K, many parents experience stress about whether or not their child is ready, or how to enroll. We’re here to help by answering all of these questions!

What Age Is Pre-K?

The average age of a child entering pre-K in the US is between three and four, but typically pre-K starts at age four. Programs that accept children at younger ages may be categorized as preschools, not pre-K.

How to Find a Free Pre-K Near You

Believe it or not, pre-k programs aren’t all free of charge. Certain programs are limited based on income requirements, while others vary by state. Here are a few things to know as you search for free pre-K options in your area.

There’s a Big Difference Between Pre-K and Daycare

Pre-K and daycare often get confused with each other. While they have their similarities, there are several key differences between the two.

Navigating the Pre-K Admissions Process

Once upon a time, it seems, parents didn’t have to think about lining up schooling for their children for the first few years. Today, parents are researching, contacting, and applying to programs mere months after their child’s birth. Understanding the pre-kindergarten admissions process for one’s child can be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this primer.

A Pre-K Education Starts With the Right Curriculum

The key difference between preschool and daycare is the pre-K curriculum. A curriculum is what educators intend to teach their students over the course of a semester or school year. A preschool curriculum should encourage learning and growth in a number of areas to prepare children for kindergarten. This includes their literacy abilities, social skills, attitude toward learning, and much more.

How Do I Know Which Public Pre-K Option Is Best for Me?

The preschool years for children are a vital time for their emotional, cognitive, and social development. It is where they make decisions, socialize, interact with others, and develop their speech, motor, and sensory skills. Attending a high-quality education program at this level can set children up for academic success in the future. This is why it is important to make an informed decision on which public pre-K to send your child to.

When Should I Start Thinking About Pre-K?

It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s pre-K options. However, you shouldn’t enroll them until they’re the appropriate age and have the minimum skills they need to adjust to a pre-K environment.

How Does Kindergarten Compare to Pre-K?

Here is a look at what children learn, how they develop in pre-K and kindergarten, and why both are necessary for proper development for young children.

Printable MECK Pre-K Handouts and Graphics

Meck Pre-K Classroom

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What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is high-quality, free pre-k education for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classes are taught by licensed teachers and highly qualified teacher assistants. Classrooms are located in four- and five-star child development centers. MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and funded by Mecklenburg County.

What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is high-quality, free pre-k education for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classes are taught by licensed teachers and highly qualified teacher assistants. Classrooms are located in four- and five-star child development centers. MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and funded by Mecklenburg County.

Why should children attend pre-kindergarten?

Decades of research have shown that pre-k makes a difference in the lives of children and their families. The foundation created in a high-quality pre-k program prepares children for the demands of life — not just in the short-term as they succeed in school, but also in the long-term as they grow up, become employed, and contribute to the strength of the community.

Participation in MECK Pre-K fosters the development of the whole child through the following:

Social & Emotional Skills: Children are nurtured and guided to develop self-regulation, effective communication techniques, positive behaviors, and the ability to successfully form and sustain social relationships with adults and other children.

Language and Literacy Abilities: Children will have daily opportunities for language and literacy development and enrichment through book readings, print-rich environments, letter and word recognition activities and games, and word play such as rhyming and identifying letter sounds.

Mathematical and Scientific Thinking: Children build investigative and problem solving skills through daily hands-on exploration of real materials. They are encouraged to formulate problems, ask questions, research solutions, and report findings. 

Joy of Learning: Children develop a love of learning and confidence in themselves through activities such as music, art, use of engaging and age-appropriate technology, drama and role playing, and vigorous outdoor play. These all enhance the curriculum and help children become able learners. 

APPLY NOW

Apply on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also call or email to schedule an appointment to apply in person. To apply for the upcoming school year, your child should be age four on or before August 31 and live in Mecklenburg County. You can find more about these requirements on our Enrollment Page.

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What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is free, high-quality pre-kindergarten for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classrooms are located in four-and five-star childcare centers and taught by licensed teachers and teacher assistants. MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and funded by Mecklenburg County.

What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is high-quality, free pre-k education for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classes are taught by licensed teachers and highly qualified teacher assistants. Classrooms are located in four- and five-star child development centers. MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and funded by Mecklenburg County.

Why should children attend pre-kindergarten?

Decades of research have shown that pre-k makes a difference in the lives of children and their families. The foundation created in a high-quality pre-k program prepares children for the demands of life — not just in the short-term as they succeed in school, but also in the long-term as they grow up, become employed, and contribute to the strength of the community.

Participation in MECK Pre-K fosters the development of the whole child through the following:

Social & Emotional Skills: Children are nurtured and guided to develop self-regulation, effective communication techniques, positive behaviors, and the ability to successfully form and sustain social relationships with adults and other children.

Language and Literacy Abilities: Children will have daily opportunities for language and literacy development and enrichment through book readings, print-rich environments, letter and word recognition activities and games, and word play such as rhyming and identifying letter sounds.

Mathematical and Scientific Thinking: Children build investigative and problem solving skills through daily hands-on exploration of real materials. They are encouraged to formulate problems, ask questions, research solutions, and report findings. 

Joy of Learning: Children develop a love of learning and confidence in themselves through activities such as music, art, use of engaging and age-appropriate technology, drama and role playing, and vigorous outdoor play. These all enhance the curriculum and help children become able learners. 

APPLY NOW!

Apply on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also call or email to schedule an appointment to apply in person. To apply for the upcoming school year, your child should be age four on or before August 31 and live in Mecklenburg County. You can find more about these requirements on our Enrollment Page.

MECK Pre-K Contact Information

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org

601 E. 5th Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202

From Our Blog

How Long Is Pre-K?

Are you getting ready to enroll your child in pre-K? If so, you probably have some questions about your child’s age, program duration, and scheduling considerations. Here’s what you need to know before enrollment.

Everything You Need to Know for Pre-K Enrollment

Pre-K is a major component of a great early childhood education. This program helps prepare children for the social and academic challenges ahead in kindergarten and all their schooling to come. Given the importance of pre-K, many parents experience stress about whether or not their child is ready, or how to enroll. We’re here to help by answering all of these questions!

What Age Is Pre-K?

The average age of a child entering pre-K in the US is between three and four, but typically pre-K starts at age four. Programs that accept children at younger ages may be categorized as preschools, not pre-K.

How to Find a Free Pre-K Near You

Believe it or not, pre-k programs aren’t all free of charge. Certain programs are limited based on income requirements, while others vary by state. Here are a few things to know as you search for free pre-K options in your area.

There’s a Big Difference Between Pre-K and Daycare

Pre-K and daycare often get confused with each other. While they have their similarities, there are several key differences between the two.

Navigating the Pre-K Admissions Process

Once upon a time, it seems, parents didn’t have to think about lining up schooling for their children for the first few years. Today, parents are researching, contacting, and applying to programs mere months after their child’s birth. Understanding the pre-kindergarten admissions process for one’s child can be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this primer.

A Pre-K Education Starts With the Right Curriculum

The key difference between preschool and daycare is the pre-K curriculum. A curriculum is what educators intend to teach their students over the course of a semester or school year. A preschool curriculum should encourage learning and growth in a number of areas to prepare children for kindergarten. This includes their literacy abilities, social skills, attitude toward learning, and much more.

How Do I Know Which Public Pre-K Option Is Best for Me?

The preschool years for children are a vital time for their emotional, cognitive, and social development. It is where they make decisions, socialize, interact with others, and develop their speech, motor, and sensory skills. Attending a high-quality education program at this level can set children up for academic success in the future. This is why it is important to make an informed decision on which public pre-K to send your child to.

When Should I Start Thinking About Pre-K?

It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s pre-K options. However, you shouldn’t enroll them until they’re the appropriate age and have the minimum skills they need to adjust to a pre-K environment.

How Does Kindergarten Compare to Pre-K?

Here is a look at what children learn, how they develop in pre-K and kindergarten, and why both are necessary for proper development for young children.

Printable MECK Pre-K Handouts and Graphics

Meck Pre-K Classroom