Community Outreach
Smart Start

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County was honored and grateful to have Providence Preparatory School as a partner and presenting sponsor of their annual Opportunity for Influence Breakfast.

The breakfast took place on April 11th in an effort to raise awareness and spread the message that brains are built, not born. Former Governor James Hunt was the keynote speaker and challenged all parents and organizations in Mecklenburg County to do their part and ensure that every child enters kindergarten healthy and ready to learn!  In Mecklenburg County, Smart Start investments have provided opportunities for over 250,000 young children and their families since their founding 25 years ago. Each day, their programs serve thousands more. For more information about the work they are doing in the community on behalf of young children, visit

Community Outreach
The Basics Mecklenburg
Meck Basics Five Principles

The Basics Mecklenburg Campaign is a citywide coalition of organizations and individuals working to make sure that every child gets a great start in life. The Basics Mecklenburg Campaign is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. Everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life. The Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three.
Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing The Basics Mecklenburg learning experiences. The Basics Mecklenburg campaign is working through a broad range of institutions and partners to ensure that every parents and caregiver is fully supported by family and friends to use the Basics practices everyday!