MeckBetter Community Partnerships

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MeckBetterTogether is a campaign that aims to maximize the efforts of child and family and community protection agencies to support families and keep children safe and well-being.

The resources below include county and community partner resources that are available to residents. This list will be monitored and updated with the most recent information available.

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The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD) offers youth scholarships for families who cannot afford to attend summer camps and are not currently served by the scholarship or scholarship programs. exemption from existing fees.

Speak to the staff at your favorite recreation center for more information or to register.


Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) remains true to its mission to ensure that the prevention of child abuse is a priority for North Carolina and that all communities have the knowledge, support and resources necessary to prevent child abuse and neglect. towards children.


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 the welfare of the child 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 that collectively serve at-risk children and families in our community. Beyond information sharing and collaboration, The Children’s Alliance engages in a variety of public policy issues.


HealthyChildren.org provides advice on gun safety in the home. Did you know that nearly 2 million children live with unlocked and loaded guns at home? HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website supported by 67,000 pediatricians committed to achieving 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 0-5 and their families. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County offers several programs for young children:

  • Ready4K
  • The basics of Mecklenburg
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library

MECK Pre-K is a FREE, high-quality pre-kindergarten program for eligible four-year-olds in Mecklenburg County. Classrooms are located in four- and five-star child care centers across the county and are taught by licensed teachers and teacher assistants. MECK Pre-K was established 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 grade three students reading at the 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 families in Mecklenburg County to help children in kindergarten through 3rd grade stay on track with reading.

Raising Smart Girls is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational resource for parents of girls ages 3-12. Our mission is to demystify STEM for you and your daughters, and in doing so, inspire a generation of fearless and innovative female leaders. Try one of our carefully selected STEM activities from our activity database or check out the 150 resources in our home learning guide.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) provides academic instruction and support to more than 143,000 students at 180 schools in Mecklenburg County. CMS offers a wide range of magnetic programs in 70 of its schools to develop the talents of students who have an interest and ability in specific areas. CMS also educates, supports and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities.

When
Library Charlotte Mecklenburg and schools work together, everyone wins. All CMS students are automatically enrolled in the ONE Access program. Your student’s school ID is their library card! This means that any CMS can use their school ID to access a host of digital resources. We also offer virtual programming and a digital branch that you can access from home.


Communities in schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on the path to a brighter future. Working directly inside schools, CIS connects students with 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, not-for-profit child care resource and referral agency that works with families to provide access to high-quality, affordable school-age and early learning opportunities. CIRB provides access to our free child care finder, offers a child care subsidy to eligible families, and offers Early Head Start to help eligible families afford child care. children, high-quality health services and family support.

The
Greater Charlotte Hope Line is a 24/7 helpline for Mecklenburg County residents seeking help with parental support, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This free resource is confidential, safe, and staffed by highly trained advocates who have the knowledge and empathy to help those who call.

MeckHope is a collaborative initiative to bring urgent and preventative mental health and substance abuse/alcohol services to residents of Mecklenburg County.

The
National Center for Responsible Fatherhood Information is a national resource funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) for fathers, practitioners, federal, state programs/beneficiaries, and the general public who serve or wish to support strong fathers and families.

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