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#SpotlightOnCLT: Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

Written by Holly Blackman    on August 7, 2019    in


1980’s Charlotte = a building town. Construction workers moved here and built their lives in Charlotte, but no preschool was laying the foundation for Spanish-speaking children to enter Kindergarten. The need for Spanish-speaking families to access early childhood education was nonexistent before 1999 when SHARE Charlotte partner, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool (CltBP), opened their doors.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Lakewood Preschool

Written by Grant Stimmel    on August 7, 2019    in


All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.

Author Robert Fulghum said that.

“Hold hands. Stick together. Flush.”

Crucial advice for five-year-olds.

(And the rest of us, too.) 

But before the wonders of kindergarten comes the magic of preschool.

And a reminder that, even now, the best “time” in the world is still naptime and snacktime.

Preschool helps children develop vital social skills that stay with them well into their childhood.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Early Care and Education

Written by Nicole Copsis    on August 1, 2019    in



Early child care and education are crucial to the emotional, social and even physical development of young children and have a direct effect on their overall development as an adult. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, while our brains continue to develop and change well into adulthood, the first eight years build a foundation for future learning, health and life success. 

Just last year, Mecklenburg County rolled out a new program MECK Pre-K which offers free pre-k education and care to eligible four year olds in the Charlotte area in response to a big push for free child care and education across the country and right here in our own city.

#SpotlightOnCLT: The Bulb

Written by Eden Estabrook    on July 31, 2019    in


Did you know that food insecurity is a major problem in the city of Charlotte? 

How big of a problem? 

Think 150,000+ individuals in Mecklenburg County big. Additionally, around 80% of those individuals don’t have consistent access to transportation. That means, even if it’s a good week financially, accessing places like grocery stores, farmers markets, or even food banks, is still a challenge. Surprised? I was. In a city where popular grocery store chains seem to pop up like weeds, reading the stats was a shock. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Roots in the Community (R.I.C.'s Market)

Written by Holly Blackman    on July 29, 2019    in


Walking to the grocery store in Detroit in the 1970s, 6-year-old Angela Gray loved math and counting money.

“I remember going to the store with my mom and they had a sign that read, ‘Sale Yogurt - 4 for a $1’. I told my mom, ‘That’s not a sale because the yogurt is usually 22 cents each,’  Gray reminisced. 

“‘Most people don’t pick up on that,’ my mom told me. It also bothered me that we could get more groceries in nicer areas than we could in the stores in our neighborhood. Thus, I began at a young age to notice how poorer people often had to pay more for groceries."

This is not a Detroit issue. This is a universal access and price gouging issue. In the Charlotte area, over 87,000 residents lack access to fresh, healthy affordable food.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Blessings in a Backpack

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 18, 2019    in


Who will feed me this weekend?

It's a question no child should have to ask. But for kids who rely on free and reduced meals at school for daily nutrition, it's a question they could face every Friday afternoon. Sixty-five hours of weekend with an empty belly is a long time, especially for a child trying to grow and learn.

Blessings in a Backpack is tackling child hunger by giving backpacks full of food to elementary age students every weekend for the entire school year. The national organization feeds more than 87,300 children in nearly 1,092 schools in 45 states. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Refugee Support Services

June 27, 2019    in

Written by Amy Andrews

A huge hurdle for families embarking on their new lives in Charlotte is simply not knowing how to navigate the ins and outs of daily life. Buying groceries, enrolling children in school or figuring out how to read bills are all monumental tasks. Refugee Support Services was born out of the need to directly help families facing these and other challenges, providing them with support and connection to promote self-sufficiency and ultimately enrich the Charlotte community.

 

According to Executive Director Rachel Humphries, “We are very centered on bottom-up programming. We tried a top-down approach and it just didn’t resonate with our families.” 

Based directly on these needs, Refugee Support Services focuses on five main areas:

 

Walk-Up Help Center 

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