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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 Contact Information

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org

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

From Our Blog

Benefits of Pre-K for Your Child

It can be tough to decide whether to enroll your child in pre-k when they are only 3 or 4 years old. Yet, research has shown that children build a strong foundation in social, pre-academic, and general life skills during preschool. The benefits of pre-k extend beyond...

What Age Does Pre-K Start?

Enrolling your child in a pre-k program is an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking time for any parent or guardian, especially if it’s your first child. You may be wondering…

What is the Difference between Pre-K and Kindergarten?

Is your little one finally old enough to start their educational journey? This is an exciting time, but it also comes with a lot of questions…

Preschool vs. Pre-Kindergarten: Similarities and Differences

Every child deserves a high-quality early childhood education. This may include both preschool and pre-kindergarten. There are some misconceptions out there concerning these two programs — namely that they’re the same thing. That’s why we’re going to compare preschool and pre-K, and discuss their many differences and similarities.

Preschool Graduation Tips & Tricks

Are you gearing up for preschool graduation? If so, it’s time to get all your ducks in a row. Here’s everything you need to know to celebrate your little child’s big day. Celebrating Your Child’s Achievement The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a major...

The Top Traits of an Exceptional Pre-K Teacher

As a parent, you want to know your child is in good hands. That’s why we at MECK Pre-K are committed to hiring qualified teachers and assistant teachers in all of our schools. Learn more about what to expect from your child’s pre-K teacher and assistant teacher before the school year begins.

Why Is Outdoor Play So Important For My Child?

Does your child need to get outdoor play?  Several studies affirm that they indeed do. Why is outdoor play important for preschoolers, how exactly does outdoor play impact your child, and what is the best place for your child to get consistent outdoor play? Let’s...

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.

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

Benefits of Pre-K for Your Child

It can be tough to decide whether to enroll your child in pre-k when they are only 3 or 4 years old. Yet, research has shown that children build a strong foundation in social, pre-academic, and general life skills during preschool. The benefits of pre-k extend beyond...

What Age Does Pre-K Start?

Enrolling your child in a pre-k program is an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking time for any parent or guardian, especially if it’s your first child. You may be wondering…

What is the Difference between Pre-K and Kindergarten?

Is your little one finally old enough to start their educational journey? This is an exciting time, but it also comes with a lot of questions…

Preschool vs. Pre-Kindergarten: Similarities and Differences

Every child deserves a high-quality early childhood education. This may include both preschool and pre-kindergarten. There are some misconceptions out there concerning these two programs — namely that they’re the same thing. That’s why we’re going to compare preschool and pre-K, and discuss their many differences and similarities.

Preschool Graduation Tips & Tricks

Are you gearing up for preschool graduation? If so, it’s time to get all your ducks in a row. Here’s everything you need to know to celebrate your little child’s big day. Celebrating Your Child’s Achievement The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a major...

The Top Traits of an Exceptional Pre-K Teacher

As a parent, you want to know your child is in good hands. That’s why we at MECK Pre-K are committed to hiring qualified teachers and assistant teachers in all of our schools. Learn more about what to expect from your child’s pre-K teacher and assistant teacher before the school year begins.

Why Is Outdoor Play So Important For My Child?

Does your child need to get outdoor play?  Several studies affirm that they indeed do. Why is outdoor play important for preschoolers, how exactly does outdoor play impact your child, and what is the best place for your child to get consistent outdoor play? Let’s...

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.

Printable MECK Pre-K Handouts and Graphics

Meck Pre-K Classroom