MeckBetter Community Partnerships

MeckBetterTogether is a campaign that aims to maximize the efforts of child and family care organizations and the community to support families and address the safety and wellbeing of children.

The resources below include the resources from district and community partners that are available to residents. This list is monitored and updated with the most current information available.

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The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department (MCPRD) awards youth scholarships to families who do not have the funds to attend summer camps and who do not currently benefit from existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.

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

Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) remains committed to our mission to ensure that child abuse prevention is a priority for North Carolina and that 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 the Mecklenburg district. We provide a physical environment where a child’s well-being is our top priority and break the cycle of abuse through training, education and outreach.

The Children’s Alliance is a network of around 40 public and private institutions in the Mecklenburg district that work together to help vulnerable children and families in our community. In addition to sharing information and working together, The Children’s Alliance is engaged in a variety of public policy issues. provides guidance for gun safety at home. Did you know that nearly 2 million children live at home with unlocked, loaded guns? is the only parenting website supported by 67,000 pediatricians dedicated 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, not-for-profit partnership that funds local programs for children ages five and up and their families. Smart Start of the district of Mecklenburg offers several programs for young children:

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

MECK Pre-K is a FREE, quality pre-kindergarten program for eligible four-year-old children 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 founded in 2018 to improve access to quality early childhood care and education for children in the Mecklenburg district.

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 best practices and/or programs. Reading Checkup is a free online tool for families in Mecklenburg County to help pre-3rd graders stay on track with their 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 girls, thereby inspiring a generation of fearless female leaders and innovators. Try one of our carefully curated STEM activities from our activity database or browse 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 an extensive range of magnet programs in 70 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interests and skills in specific areas. CMS also educates, supports and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and schools work together, everyone wins. All CMS students are automatically enrolled in the ONE Access program. Your student’s school number is their library card! This means that any CMS can use its school ID number to access a wealth 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 embark on a path to a brighter future. CIS works directly in schools, connecting students with caring adults and community resources to help them thrive inside and outside the classroom and reach their greatest potential.

Child Care Resources Inc.(CCRI) is a private, non-profit child care and referral agency that works with families to provide access to quality, affordable early learning and school age opportunities. CCRI provides access to our free childcare locator tool, provides a childcare grant to eligible families, and offers Early Head Start to help eligible families afford quality childcare, health services, and family support.

Greater Charlotte Hope Line is a 24/7 hotline for residents of Mecklenburg County seeking help with parenting support, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This free resource is confidential, secure, and staffed by highly trained attorneys who have the knowledge and empathy to help callers.

MeckHope is a collaborative initiative to provide urgent and preventive mental health and drug/alcohol related services to residents of Mecklenburg County.

National Clearinghouse on Responsible Paternity is a national resource funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) for fathers, practitioners, programs/federal grantees, states and the general public committed to or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

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