Charlotte, NC— The U.S. Department of State has selected Charlotte as a location for distinguished delegates from around the globe to participate in a program entitled Early Childhood Education. On Friday, September 18, 2009, these delegates will visit the More at Four Pre-K program for at risk 4 year olds at First Ward Child Development Center. The More at Four program is funded by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Office of School Readiness. The delegates will also visit Biddle Point Dental Clinic funded by Smart Start to serve low income children.
The event is coordinated through the International House’s International Visitor Leadership Program and designed to provide them with an overview of America’s child care and educational system, as well as touch on current U.S. trends and research on childhood cognitive, social, and physical development. They will explore shared international challenges regarding early childhood education, and tap into public policies and private educational initiatives that prepare children to become responsible and productive citizens.
Jane Meyer, executive director of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, said “I am excited to be able to share the work of Smart Start and how it has helped young children across our state enter school healthy and ready to succeed.”
Participants represent the following countries: Bangladesh, Chile, Estonia, Honduras, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. More information on the International Visitor Leadership Program may be found at http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html.
For more information about Smart Start programs offered in Mecklenburg County, visit the Partnership’s Web site at http://www.smartstartofmeck.org or call 704-377-6588.
Smart Start is North Carolina’s early childhood leadership network dedicated to assuring that every child reaches his or her potential and is prepared for success in a globally competitive world. For more information, visit http://www.ncsmartstart.org.