Turn four years old on or before August 31 of the school year they are applying for
Priority will be given to families who earn at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, but all are eligible to apply.
Smart Start encourages and provides awareness for the benefits of preschool programs for children in Mecklenburg County. All programs support learning, health, nutrition, parent participation, and students with disabilities.
Documents Needed to Apply:
PROOF OF LEGAL NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH
DOCUMENTATION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
PROOF OF PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN'S RESIDENCE IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY
COPIES OF ALL CURRENT COURT ORDERS CONCERNING CUSTODY AND VISITATION, INCLUDING PROTECTIVE ORDERS
These documents are due by the first day of school:
UP-TO-DATE IMMUNIZATION RECORD
NC HEALTH ASSESSMENT TRANSMITTAL FORM
DENTAL ASSESSMENT FORM
Turn Five Ready to Thrive!
You’re choosing to help your child achieve more by preparing him or her for learning. Your choices will successfully set the stage for a lifetime of learning for your little one.
The many benefits of high-quality preschool education are clear, from preparing children for kindergarten to improving test scores throughout school. Studies also show that children who attend Pre-K are less likely to repeat grades and more likely to graduate from high school than those who do not.
Your child will build math and reading skills, as well as social skills through engaging with other children. All preschool programs are free and include healthy snacks and meals.
We mobilize resources, forge partnerships, and support families to improve early childhood health, education and development - all to help ensure children are prepared for kindergarten. Our four areas of focus are early care and education quality and accessibility, family support, health and early literacy for children ages birth to five.