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FREE

Pre-K

For Eligible
Mecklenburg County
4-Year-Olds!

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MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded Pre-Kindergarten Program FREE to eligible 4-Year-Olds.

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

MECK Pre-K is FREE for eligible children and is taught by licensed teachers and assistants. Click here for eligibility requirements

Find A MECK Pre-K Location Near You!

MECK Pre-K is offered through high-quality 4 and 5 star child care centers throughout Mecklenburg County.

See current MECK Pre-K locations!

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest MECK Pre-K news and to show your support for Universal Pre-K in Mecklenburg County!

Come meet MECK Pre-K at the following events:

Information Table at the Valerie C. Woodard Resource Center

Thursdays, from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Valerie C. Woodard Resource Center is located at 3205 Freedom Dr., Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28208

On Thursdays, we will have a MECK Pre-K representative in the main Lobby at the Valerie C. Woodard Resource Center

Open Registration

Monday-Friday 8:30am–4:30pm

Come by the MECK Pre-K offices Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm to register your child for free Pre-K! Bring your application and required documents from the list here. Applications and Spanish-speaking staff will also be available on site.

Look for the MECK Pre-K table at these community events!

Concord Latin Festival

Saturday, October 19 from 12pm-7pm

5650 Sandusky Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027

Please stop by our table!

MECK Pre-K Related News:

Visit our In-The-News Page for a more
complete listing of MECK Pre-K Related News

Fox46:

Good Day Charlotte talks with County Manager Dena Diorio and MECK Pre-K parent Landrea Richardson about the importance of early care and education.

WBTV News:

Share CHARLOTTE highlights Smart Start, MECK Pre-K and early care and education

Macaroni Kids South Charlotte:

Tips for getting your child ready for pre-k from MECK Pre-K and Smart Start.

The Charlotte Observer News:

A $6.2 million grant will help improve training of pre-K teachers in Mecklenburg County.

WBTV News:

MECK Pre-K Family talks about value of early education in this clip from WBTV’s Community Conversation series.

WCNC News:

MECK Pre-K wrapping up first year of program

In addition to academics, the kids learned how to get along with each other and solve problems on their own.

What is MECK Pre-K?

Meck Pre-K Logo Small MECK Pre-K is a County-funded program and therefore free for children who qualify. Classrooms will be located across the County. All MECK Pre-K classes will be taught by a licensed teacher and teacher assistant.

MECK Pre-K aims to ultimately offer universal pre-kindergarten to all of the County’s 4-year-old children. We are enrolling eligible children now.

What is MECK Pre-K?

Meck Pre-K Logo Small MECK Pre-K is a County-funded program and therefore free for children who qualify. Classrooms will be located across the County. All MECK Pre-K classes will be taught by a licensed teacher and teacher assistant.

MECK Pre-K aims to ultimately offer universal pre-kindergarten to all of the County’s 4-year-old children. We are adding new Pre-K classrooms across Mecklenburg County and working to enroll eligible children now.

Why should children attend Pre-K?

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 6½-hour school day will be 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 will exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner, participate as a member of the class community, use words and adults to manage conflicts, and follow class rules and routines.

Creative Arts: Children will become aware of art and use materials for exploration and expression, become aware of music and participate in music experiences.

Scientific Thinking: Children will question and investigate through active exploration and seek answers or solutions through active problem solving.

Social Studies: Children will begin to understand the role of self and others as members of families and community, show an awareness of other cultures, and show an interest in caring for the environment.

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

Is your child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

Children eligible for MECK Pre-K must be four on or before August 31, 2019. Participation in MECK Pre-K is based on verified family income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level and household size (for a family of four, that’s $77,250 in annual household income). If you have considered or applied for and/or been wait listed for Childcare Subsidy or other Pre-Kindergarten programs, you could be eligible for MECK Pre-K.

Meck Pre-K Qualification Chart

REGISTER TODAY

To apply for the 2019-20 school year, your child must be age 4 on or before August 31, 2019 and live in Mecklenburg County. Families must show birth certificate, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income. For more information on the MECK Pre-K Program, call MECK Pre-K at 704-943-9585.

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

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What is MECK Pre-K?

Meck Pre-K Logo Small MECK Pre-K is a County-funded program and therefore free for children who qualify. Classrooms will be located across the County. All MECK Pre-K classes will be taught by a licensed teacher and teacher assistant.

MECK Pre-K aims to ultimately offer universal pre-kindergarten to all of the County’s 4-year-old children. We are enrolling eligible children now.

What is MECK Pre-K?

Meck Pre-K Logo Small MECK Pre-K is a County-funded program and therefore free for children who qualify. Classrooms will be located across the County. All MECK Pre-K classes will be taught by a licensed teacher and teacher assistant.

MECK Pre-K aims to ultimately offer universal pre-kindergarten to all of the County’s 4-year-old children. We are adding new Pre-K classrooms across Mecklenburg County and working to enroll eligible children now.

Why should children attend Pre-K?

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 6½-hour school day will be 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 will exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner, participate as a member of the class community, use words and adults to manage conflicts, and follow class rules and routines.

Creative Arts: Children will become aware of art and use materials for exploration and expression, become aware of music and participate in music experiences.

Scientific Thinking: Children will question and investigate through active exploration and seek answers or solutions through active problem solving.

Social Studies: Children will begin to understand the role of self and others as members of families and community, show an awareness of other cultures, and show an interest in caring for the environment.

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

Is your child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

Children eligible for MECK Pre-K must be four on or before August 31, 2019. Participation in MECK Pre-K is based on verified family income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level and household size (for a family of four, that’s $77,250 in annual household income). If you have considered or applied for and/or been wait listed for Childcare Subsidy or other Pre-Kindergarten programs, you could be eligible for MECK Pre-K.

Meck Pre-K Qualification Chart

REGISTER TODAY

To apply for the 2019-20 school year, your child must be age 4 on or before August 31, 2019 and live in Mecklenburg County. Families must show birth certificate, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income. For more information on the MECK Pre-K Program, call MECK Pre-K at 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.
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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.
© 2019 Mecklenburg County. All rights reserved.

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