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Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000

​MeckBetter Community Partnerships

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

The resources below include County and community partner resources that are available to residents. This list will be monitored and updated with the most current information available.



News & Announcements

 
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The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department (MCPRD) provides scholarships for youth for families that do not have the means to participate in summer camps and are not currently being served by existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.

Speak to the staff at your favorite rec center for more information or to enroll.

 
 
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning all year long. The summer months, when students take a break from school, are critical to expanded learning. In fact, summertime poses the most academic risk because students without access to summer learning opportunities can fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that is hard to close.

To keep kids on track with important matters such as literacy and physical activity, the Library offers Summer Break (June 1 – August 13), its annual summer learning program that encourages children to read, learn and explore.

 





Partnerships for Children's Safety


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

The Children's Alliance is a network of approximately 40 public and private agencies in Mecklenburg County which collectively serve at risk children and families in our community. Beyond sharing information and collaboration, The Children's Alliance engages in a variety of public policy matters.




 

HealthyChildren.org provides guidance for gun safety at home. Did you know that nearly 2 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns in the home? HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67​,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

 
 




Partnerships for CHILD care & Education



Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is a private, nonprofit partnership that funds local programs for children ages birth to five and their families. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County offers several programs for young children:

  • Ready4K
  • The Basics Mecklenburg
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library

MECK Pre-K is a FREE, high-quality pre-kindergarten program for eligible four-year-old children in Mecklenburg County. Classrooms are located in four-and five-star childcare centers across the county, and are taught by licensed teachers and teacher assistants. MECK Pre-K was created in 2018 to improve access to quality early childhood care and education for children in Mecklenburg County.

Child Care Resources Inc.(CCRI) works with families and communities to ensure all children have access to high-quality, affordable early learning and school-age opportunities. CCRI offers free, personalized child care referrals via Child Care Search; administers child care financial aid to income-eligible families; helps low-income families afford high-quality child care with health and mental health services and family supports through Early Head Start; and more!




Raising Smart Girls is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education resource for parents of girls aged 3 to 12. Our mission is to demystify STEM for you and your girls and, by doing so, inspire a generation of fearless female leaders and innovators. Try one of our carefully curated STEM activities from our Activity Database or view the 150 resources in our learn at home guide.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) provides academic instruction and support to more than 140,000 students across 180 schools in Mecklenburg County. CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 71 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas. CMS also educates, supports and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities.

When Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and schools work together, everyone wins. All CMS students are automatically enrolled in the ONE Access program. Your student’s school ID number is their library card! This means any CMS can use their school ID number to access a wealth of digital resources. We also offer Virtual Programming and a Digital Branch for you to access while at home.




 

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside schools, CIS connects students to caring adults and community resources to help them succeed inside and outside the classroom and reach their greatest potential.

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 proven practices and/or programs. Reading Checkup is a free online tool for Mecklenburg County families to help PreK-3rd grade children stay on track with reading.

 




Partnerships for Parental Support


The Greater Charlotte Hope Line is a 24/7 hotline for Mecklenburg County residents seeking help for parenting support, domestic violence and sexual assault. This free resource is confidential, safe, and staffed by highly trained advocates who have the knowledge and empathy necessary to help those who call.

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

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.







Address

Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000