MECK Pre-K classrooms will be closed Friday, April 2 – Friday, April 9 for Spring Break.
We wish everyone a safe and healthy break and look forward to welcoming our students back Monday, April 12.

MECK Pre-K 2021-2022 Registration is Now Open!

A message from MECK Pre-K Executive Director Trinisha Dean about Registration and COVID-19 safety measures.

MECK Pre-K 2021-2022 Registration is Now Open!

A message from MECK Pre-K Executive Director Trinisha Dean about Registration and COVID-19 safety measures.

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MECK Pre-K is high-quality pre-kindergarten available to eligible children. It is County-funded and FREE of charge.

MECK Pre-K is high-quality pre-kindergarten available to qualified children. It is County-funded and FREE of charge.

FREE Pre-K for eligible Mecklenburg County 4-year-olds!

MECK Pre-K is FREE, available to eligible children and taught by licensed teachers and assistants.

Click here to apply online

Find A MECK Pre-K Location Near You!

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

See current MECK Pre-K locations!

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If your child will NOT be four
by August 31, 2021:

If your child will NOT be four
by August 31, 2021:

MECK Pre-K Contact Information

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org

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

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MECK Pre-K Resources

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NBC Nightly News:
DUKE University study finds pre-k benefits endure

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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 school readiness of children. Not just in the short-term to get children ready to succeed in school, but in the long-term as children grow up, become employed, and contribute to the strength of the economy.

Participation in Pre-K fosters the development of the whole child

Each 6.5 hour school day is filled with hands-on, project-based lessons and activities to foster children’s confidence, creativity, critical thinking skills, and to promote positive growth and development for all children. Areas of child development include:

Social & Emotional Skills: Children are encouraged to exhibit eagerness and curiosity as  learners, participate as members of the class community, use words and communication with adults to manage conflicts and follow class rules and routines.

Creative Arts: Children use art and materials for exploration and expression as well as participate in music experiences.

Scientific Thinking: Children are encouraged to ask questions and investigate through active exploration and seek answers or solutions through active problem solving.

Social Studies: Children are provided opportunities to better understand the role of self and others as members of families and communities, show an awareness of other cultures, and show an interest in caring for the environment.

Technology: Children explore technology and its components and use age-appropriate software to support learning.

Is your child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

To be eligible for MECK Pre-K, children must live in Mecklenburg County and turn four-years-old on or before August 31 of the school year they are applying for. Priority will be given to families who earn at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.

If you have applied for and/or been waitlisted for childcare subsidy or other pre-kindergarten programs, you may be eligible for MECK Pre-K.

APPLY TODAY!

Apply online on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Families must show proof of child’s date of birth and legal name, parent/guardian identification, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income. If you are unable to apply online, or need more information on the MECK Pre-K Program, please contact us via email at info@meckprek.org or call 704-943-9585.

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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 school readiness of children. Not just in the short-term to get children ready to succeed in school, but in the long-term as children grow up, become employed, and contribute to the strength of the economy.

Participation in Pre-K fosters the development of the whole child

Each 6.5 hour school day is filled with hands-on, project-based lessons and activities to foster children’s confidence, creativity, critical thinking skills, and to promote positive growth and development for all children. Areas of child development include:

Social & Emotional Skills: Children are encouraged to exhibit eagerness and curiosity as  learners, participate as members of the class community, use words and communication with adults to manage conflicts and follow class rules and routines.

Creative Arts: Children use art and materials for exploration and expression as well as participate in music experiences.

Scientific Thinking: Children are encouraged to ask questions and investigate through active exploration and seek answers or solutions through active problem solving.

Social Studies: Children are provided opportunities to better understand the role of self and others as members of families and communities, show an awareness of other cultures, and show an interest in caring for the environment.

Technology: Children explore technology and its components and use age-appropriate software to support learning.

Is your child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

To be eligible for MECK Pre-K, children must live in Mecklenburg County and turn four-years-old on or before August 31 of the school year they are applying for. Priority will be given to families who earn at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.

If you have applied for and/or been waitlisted for childcare subsidy or other pre-kindergarten programs, you may be eligible for MECK Pre-K.

APPLY TODAY

Apply online on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Families must show proof of child’s date of birth and legal name, parent/guardian identification, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income. If you are unable to apply online, or need more information on the MECK Pre-K Program, please contact us via email at info@meckprek.org or call 704-943-9585.

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MECK Pre-K

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org
FAX: 704-377-1824

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

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MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County

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MECK Pre-K is funded by Mecklenburg County.
© 2021 Mecklenburg County. All rights reserved.

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MECK Pre-K

704-943-9585
info@MeckPreK.org

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

MECK Pre-K is administered by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County

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MECK Pre-K is funded by Mecklenburg County.
© 2021 Mecklenburg County. All rights reserved.

 

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