Update: March 18, 2021
Hours & Operating Information
MECK Pre-K offices are open and serving visitors by appointment only. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Staff can be reached at info@MeckPreK.org or 704-943-9585.
MECK Pre-K classrooms are also operating on a normal schedule with in-person learning.
Health & Safety Information
MECK Pre-K continues to monitor the current health situation and consult with officials from Mecklenburg County, the NC Division of Public Health and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you have general questions about the Coronavirus, contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department Public Health Hotline (980-314-9400) available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You may also visit their website at mecknc.gov/COVID-19.
To ensure the safety of children, families, teachers and providers, MECK Pre-K has made the following changes:
- Class sizes are reduced to allow for social distancing.
- MECK Pre-K leadership is having regular operational/health/policy check-ins with State and Local Departments of Health and Human Services, Mecklenburg County, Smart Start Leadership and Child Care Resources staff.
- MECK Pre-K is working with providers to ensure that they adhere to required NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) health and safety protocols.
- MECK Pre-K and providers are providing regular communications to enrolled families about COVID-19 safety.
The decision to provide in-person instruction came after extensive discussions with officials from Mecklenburg County, the NC Division of Public Health and the NCDHHS. MECK Pre-K distributed surveys to families, teachers, and providers to gather feedback. Across all groups, the majority of respondents expressed a desire for children to be in the classroom even in light of the ongoing public health situation. Operating in a traditional, onsite instructional style benefits young children, families and employers by providing safe, supervised, affordable high-quality education and care.
Barring any changes in the public health situation, we will not provide virtual or hybrid learning so teachers can focus on delivering the best instruction and support in-person to the children who need it most.
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COVID-19 Resources from Smart Start
This page from the Smart Start website provides a platform for the latest news, guidance, and resources, as well as keeping you updated on ways that you can take action to support families and the early childhood system.
Mental Health Support for Childcare Professionals
Recognizing the impact that stress, anxiety, and trauma can have in our lives, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Psychological Foundation have launched a helpline to connect front line workers to licensed mental health professionals. The Hope4Healers Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (919) 226-2002. All calls will be confidential. Click here for a printable flyer about this service.
Video from the Executive Director of MECK Pre-K with information about COVID-19 safety protocols. Please read below for updated information on the registration process.
2020-2021 School Year
We are taking applications for the current school year (2020-2021) through the end of April 2021. Download the 2020-2021 application form here.
2021-2022 School Year
We are now taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Find the new online application form, or download an application, on our Enrollment Page.