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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

Top Reasons Your Child Should Attend Pre-K

Are you uncertain about whether or not to enroll your child in a pre-k program? To help you make an informed decision that you can feel confident about, we’ve created a list of the top reasons your child should attend pre-k.

What is the Cost Savings of Public Pre-K?

Early childhood education is a critical part of a child’s academic, mental, emotional, and social development. Early childhood education also encourages children to communicate, create, cooperate, and think critically, which are important skills to help them succeed in life as they get older.

What Do Children Need to Know Before Starting Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an exciting time for families across the country. It’s a massive step for any child, as they’ll be away from their parents longer than ever before. They are developing skills and learning new concepts at a faster pace than they did at home.

Fun and Educational Pre-K Activities for Winter Break

Now that we’re approaching Winter Break, we’re sharing some ideas for fun and educational activities you can do at home. We asked our pre-k teachers and staff for their best suggestions!

New Study on the Benefits of Early Education

This summer, the Becker Friedman Institute released a new study about the benefits of early education. The paper studies benefits among participants in a high-quality early childhood education program…

Is Pre-K Really Worth It?

Pre-kindergarten is an optional program that parents can enroll their children in, usually at age four and during the school year preceding kindergarten. Many parents opt to have their kids skip pre-k entirely, usually in an effort to save money. 

What Do Children Learn in Pre-K?

Pre-k offers children many new opportunities for learning and friendship. Meeting other kids and making friends is part of the fun, though they also develop some practical skills…

Is Pre-K required?

In brief, the answer is no in the state of North Carolina. Pre-kindergarten in the US usually starts at age four or five, though the education requirements vary by state. Even though our state doesn’t require pre-k enrollment…

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…

Printable MECK Pre-K Handouts and Graphics

Meck Pre-K Classroom

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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 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.

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 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.

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

Top Reasons Your Child Should Attend Pre-K

Are you uncertain about whether or not to enroll your child in a pre-k program? To help you make an informed decision that you can feel confident about, we’ve created a list of the top reasons your child should attend pre-k.

What is the Cost Savings of Public Pre-K?

Early childhood education is a critical part of a child’s academic, mental, emotional, and social development. Early childhood education also encourages children to communicate, create, cooperate, and think critically, which are important skills to help them succeed in life as they get older.

What Do Children Need to Know Before Starting Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an exciting time for families across the country. It’s a massive step for any child, as they’ll be away from their parents longer than ever before. They are developing skills and learning new concepts at a faster pace than they did at home.

Fun and Educational Pre-K Activities for Winter Break

Now that we’re approaching Winter Break, we’re sharing some ideas for fun and educational activities you can do at home. We asked our pre-k teachers and staff for their best suggestions!

New Study on the Benefits of Early Education

This summer, the Becker Friedman Institute released a new study about the benefits of early education. The paper studies benefits among participants in a high-quality early childhood education program…

Is Pre-K Really Worth It?

Pre-kindergarten is an optional program that parents can enroll their children in, usually at age four and during the school year preceding kindergarten. Many parents opt to have their kids skip pre-k entirely, usually in an effort to save money. 

What Do Children Learn in Pre-K?

Pre-k offers children many new opportunities for learning and friendship. Meeting other kids and making friends is part of the fun, though they also develop some practical skills…

Is Pre-K required?

In brief, the answer is no in the state of North Carolina. Pre-kindergarten in the US usually starts at age four or five, though the education requirements vary by state. Even though our state doesn’t require pre-k enrollment…

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…

Printable MECK Pre-K Handouts and Graphics

Meck Pre-K Classroom