Core Values and Standards for Children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg
In Mecklenburg County, we have minimum standards for our air and water, our cars, even our lawn mowers. What about standards for raising happy, healthy children? The community was asked, “What does it take to enable children to reach their full potential as an adult and become responsible citizens?” The community responded that the following Core Values are “absolutely necessary.”
ALL children in Mecklenburg County have a right to expect that:
They will have adults who will provide them with affection, a positive role model and concern for their present and future needs.
Parent Involvement in Education
Quality Foster Care and Adoptions Programs
Communication Between Parent and Child
Adult Role Models
They will have opportunities, from birth to adulthood, for free and appropriate education.
Adequate Facilities and Equipment
Small Class Sizes
Quality Early Childhood Programs (Child care/preschool/pre-kindergarten)
Programs to Address Special Needs
They will not suffer needlessly or be constrained by a lack of health care.
Obtaining necessary immunizations
Access to Affordable Health Care
Appropriate Dental/Vision Care
Quality Mental Health Programs
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
They will feel safe at home, in their neighborhoods and in their schools; the justice system will protect and advocate for them.
Reduction in Domestic Violence
Reduction in Child Abuse and Neglect
Effective Juvenile Justice System
Safe Learning Environment
They will have opportunities to develop emotional strength.
Positive Guidance from Adults
Opportunities for Diverse experiences
Opportunities to Experience Success
Positive Peer Interaction
They will have sufficient food, shelter and clothing for their needs, and the adults in their lives will support them.
Having Basic Needs Met
Parental access to Livable Wage Jobs
Child Support Enforcement
Career Development for Teens
They will have places to go and things to do that involve them in their community.
Parks and Recreational Facilities
Out-of-School Time Programs
Arts and Cultural Activities
Organized Youth Programs
They will be the priority of the entire community.
Human Service Agency Programs for Families
Elected Officials’ Emphasis on Children’s Needs
Comprehensive Available Resource Information
Business Support/Family Friendly Workplaces
Public Awareness of Children’s Issues