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 www.SmartStartofMeck.org.
PPS is one of 80 school gardens in the Charlotte area which provide fresh herbs and vegetables to Friendship Gardens who supply Friendship Trays with food to feed our neighbors in need.
During the Fall of 2017, we donated over 50 pounds of produce to Friendship Trays this fall. The food helps feed over 700 people in our community daily. Our goal is to donate twice that much in 2018.
“Friendship Gardens is growing communities where everyone can be healthier in mind and body. Through urban farms, gardens and markets, we help those in need access daily nutritious meals, connect to the natural world and learn to grow their own food.”
The Meck Basics Campaign is a citywide coalition of organizations and individuals working to make sure that every child gets a great start in life. The Meck Basics 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 Meck Basics learning experiences. The Meck Basics 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!