The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Pre-Kindergarten Program, Bright Beginnings, is designed to provide a child-centered, literacy-focused learning environment to ensure that all children in Mecklenburg County enter kindergarten ready to learn. Bright Beginnings Pre-K serves eligible 4-year-old students who have a demonstrated educational need and are at risk of failing to meet North Carolina’s performance standards. Eligibility for participation in the Bright Beginnings program is determined through a screening process. Each child receives a score that indicates the level of educational need, and children with the greatest educational needs are placed first.
MECK Pre-K aims to offer universal pre-kindergarten to all of Mecklenburg County's 4-year-old children. Each 6½-hour school day will be filled with hands-on, project-based lessons and activities to foster children’s confidence, creativity, critical thinking skills, and to promote positive growth and development for all children. MECK Pre-K is a county-funded program that is free for children who qualify. Classrooms are located across Mecklenburg County, and all MECK Pre-K classes will be taught by a licensed teacher and teacher assistant.
NC Pre-K offers academic, personal, and interpersonal experiences that are essential to school success. The program serves 4-year-old children in high-quality, community-based child care centers and nonprofit preschools. Eligibility for NC Pre-K is based on family size, gross income, and other risk factors, and placement priority is given to children who received no prior early education services outside the home in a group setting.