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Smart Start of Mecklenburg County

Turn Five Ready to Thrive

aka Mecklenburg Partnership for Children   |   Charlotte, NC   |  http://www.smartstartofmeck.org

Mission

We mobilize resources, forge partnerships, and support families to improve early childhood health, education and development, and ensure children are prepared for kindergarten.

Ruling year info

1994

CEO

Mike Blackwelder

Main address

601 E 5th St Ste200

Charlotte, NC 28202 USA

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EIN

56-1853108

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Child Day Care (P33)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

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Direct Service Providers

Smart Start programs focus on three primary goals:
1. All children will have access to health care.
2. All children will have access to high-quality early childhood education.
3. All children will have strong and capable families.

Smart Start funded programs include health, child care, provider education, and parent education programs. Smart Start serves as a catalyst and coordinator for community programs for children 0-5 and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers

Provides books, free of charge, to children living in Mecklenburg County until their 5th birthday. Enrolled children receive one age-appropriate book in the mail each month until their 5th birthday.

Population(s) Served

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) supports children and their families as they transition from the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) at age 3 to potential programming with the Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools Exceptional Children’s program, which targets children in need of special education support. GPS provides navigation, educational, and emotional support during this pivotal time. The goal is to empower families to get the services their child needs.

Population(s) Served

The Basics is a public education campaign built on five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles important for healthy brain development for children from birth to age three. Eighty percent of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, and every child from every background can benefit from routinely engaging in these fun, simple, and powerful learning experiences. The Basics brain development campaign is working through a variety of local partners to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported by family, friends, and the community to use ‘The Basics’ practices in everyday life.

Population(s) Served

MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded program that offers a high-quality Pre-K experience to ensure children are academically and developmentally prepared for kindergarten. Classrooms are located in 4 and 5 star child care centers and children attend a 6.5 hour school day program.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers
Children
Infants and toddlers
Children
Infants and toddlers
Children
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

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Total dollars received in contributions

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Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meetings held with decision makers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of books distributed

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Build a strong internal culture that promotes teamwork, professional development, and external partner engagement
2. Invest human and financial resources in evidence-based/evidence-informed practices to improve opportunities and outcomes for all children and families
3. Drive research-based collaboration and convening to advance early childhood ideas and initiatives in the County
4. Drive innovation in the early childhood space and strategically support the innovation with human and financial capital
5. Grow and evolve the vision for Universal Pre-K in Mecklenburg County while continuing to grow and expand MECK Pre-K in close partnership with the County

Financials

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Smart Start of Mecklenburg County

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ben Gilman

Jake House

Joanette Freeman

Shivani Mehta

Krutesh Trivedi

Tamikia Greene

Amanda Pickens Nitto

Latoya Scott

Emily Nanney

Braxton Winston

Laura Meier

Liz Buckingham

Tamar Goldblatt

Heba Abdelbaky

Jared Keaton

Kelly King

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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