Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

This information is subject to change due to COVID-19.
Please visit our COVID-19 page or call MECK Pre-K at 704-943-9585 for the latest information.

Is MECK Pre-K closed due to COVID-19?

MECK Pre-K is OPEN and serving our families with in-person instruction and new safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 Information Page for the latest information about MECK Pre-K operations during COVID-19.

What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded program that offers free, quality pre-kindergarten to eligible four-year-old children. We are taking applications now.

Why should I register my child for MECK Pre-K?

Decades of research have shown that pre-kindergarten 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. Your child will learn skills in the following areas: social emotional, creative arts, scientific thinking, social studies, and technology.

Is my child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

To be eligible for MECK Pre-K, children must be four on or before August 31 and live in Mecklenburg County. 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.

Where are the classrooms located?

MECK PreK programs are located in high-quality four- and five-star child care centers throughout Mecklenburg County. Visit https://meckprek.org/meck-pre-k-site-locations/ for a list of current locations.

Will transportation be provided for my child? If so, how does that process work?

Every effort is made to place children in MECK Pre-K programs as close to their homes as possible. Some sites will provide transportation for a nominal fee. To qualify for transportation, children must live within a certain radius of a MECK Pre-K location.

Once your child is placed in a center, you can check with that center for more information.

When does the school year start?

MECK Pre-K typically starts in September using a staggered entry schedule. Visit meckprek.org/meck-pre-k-faq for more specific details.

Are there after-school care options associated with these programs?

While MECK PreK is free of charge, there may be fees for additional care before or after school hours. (The school day is typically 6.5 hours long.) Once your child is placed in a center, you can check with that center for more information about before- and after-care options.

When will I be notified that my child has a spot?

MECK Pre-K will begin processing your application as soon as it is complete, and we will notify you as soon as we have confirmed your eligibility and placed your child at a site. You can check the status of your application by calling MECK Pre-K at 704-943-9585.

Do I have to pay for my child to attend?

MECK Pre-K is offered free of charge and is fully funded by Mecklenburg County. As mentioned above, there may be fees for transportation and before-or-after-care if available.

What does a typical day look like?

MECK Pre-K programs are 6.5 hours per day. Schedules for each classroom vary, but many include the following: small groups, outside time, snack time, story time, lunch, quiet time and learning through songs, word play and letters.

What kind of training do the teachers in these classrooms have?

MECK Pre-K teachers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, child development, or related field and have a BK (Birth through Kindergarten) license or be working toward BK licensure.

MECK Pre-K teacher assistants must have or be working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development.

How many children are in each classroom? How many teachers?

The maximum of children in a MECK Pre-K classroom is 18. Each class is taught by one teacher and one teacher assistant.

How do I register my child for MECK Pre-K?

To apply for the upcoming school year, families must complete a MECK Pre-K Application and show proof of child’s birth date and legal name, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income.

COVID-19

MECK Pre-K is continuing to serve our families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit meckprek.org/covid-19-information for the latest news about MECK Pre-K and COVID-19.

What is MECK Pre-K?

MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded program that offers free, quality pre-kindergarten to eligible four-year-old children. We are taking applications now.

Why should I register my child for MECK Pre-K?

Decades of research have shown that pre-kindergarten 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. Your child will learn skills in the following areas: social emotional, creative arts, scientific thinking, social studies, and technology.

Is my child eligible for MECK Pre-K?

To be eligible for MECK Pre-K, children must be four on or before August 31 and live in Mecklenburg County. 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.

Where are the classrooms located?

MECK PreK programs are located in high-quality four- and five-star child care centers throughout Mecklenburg County. Visit https://meckprek.org/meck-pre-k-site-locations/ for a list of current locations.

Will transportation be provided for my child? If so, how does that process work?

Every effort is made to place children in MECK Pre-K programs as close to their homes as possible. Some sites will provide transportation for a nominal fee. To qualify for transportation, children must live within a certain radius of a MECK Pre-K location.

Once your child is placed in a center, you can check with that center for more information.

When does the school year start?

MECK Pre-K typically starts in September using a staggered entry schedule. Visit meckprek.org/meck-pre-k-faq for more specific details.

Are there after-school care options associated with these programs?

While MECK PreK is free of charge, there may be fees for additional care before or after school hours. (The school day is typically 6.5 hours long.) Once your child is placed in a center, you can check with that center for more information about before- and after-care options.

When will I be notified that my child has a spot?

MECK Pre-K will begin processing your application as soon as it is complete, and we will notify you as soon as we have confirmed your eligibility and placed your child at a site. You can check the status of your application by calling MECK Pre-K at 704-943-9585.

Do I have to pay for my child to attend?

MECK Pre-K is offered free of charge and is fully funded by Mecklenburg County. As mentioned above, there may be fees for transportation and before-or-after-care if available.

What does a typical day look like?

MECK Pre-K programs are 6.5 hours per day. Schedules for each classroom vary, but many include the following: small groups, outside time, snack time, story time, lunch, quiet time and learning through songs, word play and letters.

What kind of training do the teachers in these classrooms have?

MECK Pre-K teachers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, child development, or related field and have a BK (Birth through Kindergarten) license or be working toward BK licensure.

MECK Pre-K teacher assistants must have or be working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development.

How many children are in each classroom? How many teachers?

The maximum of children in a MECK Pre-K classroom is 18. Each class is taught by one teacher and one teacher assistant.

How do I register my child for MECK Pre-K?

To apply for the upcoming school year, families must complete a MECK Pre-K Application and show proof of child’s birth date and legal name, proof of residency in Mecklenburg County, and household income.

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

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.
© 2020 Mecklenburg County. All rights reserved.

 

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