MeckBetterTogether is a campaign that aims to maximize the efforts of child and family caring agencies and the community to support families and address safety and wellbeing of children.
The resources below include county and community partner resources that are available to residents. This list will be monitored and updated with the most current information available.
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department (MCPRD) provides scholarships for youth for families that do not have the means to participate in summer camps and are not currently being served by existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.
Speak to the staff at your favorite rec center for more information or to enroll.
Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) remains steadfast in our mission to ensure that child maltreatment prevention is a priority for North Carolina and all communities have the knowledge, support and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of the most serious cases of child abuse in Mecklenburg County. We provide a physical environment where a child’s well-being is our first priority and break the cycle of abuse through training, education, and community outreach.
The Children’s Alliance is a network of approximately 40 public and private agencies in Mecklenburg County which collectively serve at risk children and families in our community. Beyond sharing information and collaboration, The Children’s Alliance engages in a variety of public policy matters.
HealthyChildren.org provides guidance for gun safety at home. Did you know that nearly 2 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns in the home? HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is a private, nonprofit partnership that funds local programs for children ages birth to five and their families. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County offers several programs for young children:
- The BasicsMecklenburg
- Dolly Parton Imagination Library
MECK Pre-K is a FREE, high-quality pre-kindergarten program for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classrooms are located in four-and five-star childcare centers across the county, and are taught by licensed teachers and teacher assistants. MECK Pre-K was created in 2018 to improve access to quality early childhood care and education for children in Mecklenburg County.
Read Charlotte is a collaborative, community-wide initiative to double the percentage of third grade students reading at grade level from 39% in 2015 to 80% by 2025. Read Charlotte builds collaborative partnerships and provides resources on proven practices and/or programs. Reading Checkup is a free online tool for Mecklenburg County families to help PreK-3rd grade children stay on track with reading.
Raising Smart Girls is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education resource for parents of girls aged 3 to 12. Our mission is to demystify STEM for you and your girls and, by doing so, inspire a generation of fearless female leaders and innovators. Try one of our carefully curated STEM activities from our Activity Database or view the 150 resources in our learn at home guide.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) provides academic instruction and support to more than 143,000 students across 180 schools in Mecklenburg County. CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 70 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas. CMS also educates, supports and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities.
When Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and schools work together, everyone wins. All CMS students are automatically enrolled in the ONE Access program. Your student’s school ID number is their library card! This means any CMS can use their school ID number to access a wealth of digital resources. We also offer Virtual Programming and a Digital Branch for you to access while at home.
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside schools, CIS connects students to caring adults and community resources to help them succeed inside and outside the classroom and reach their greatest potential.
Child Care Resources Inc.(CCRI) is a private, non-profit child care resource and referral agency that works with families to provide access to high-quality, affordable early learning and school-age opportunities. CCRI provides access to our free Child Care Search tool, provides Child Care Subsidy to eligible families, and offers Early Head Start to help eligible families afford high-quality child care, health services, and family support.
The Greater Charlotte Hope Line is a 24/7 hotline for Mecklenburg County residents seeking help for parenting support, domestic violence and sexual assault. This free resource is confidential, safe, and staffed by highly trained advocates who have the knowledge and empathy necessary to help those who call.
MeckHope is a collaborative initiative to bring urgent and preventive mental health and drug/alcohol-related services to Mecklenburg County residents.
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.