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Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00


Thompson Child DevelopmentI love it when my mommy reads to me. My favorite book is “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Suess. This month my best friend’s preschool is having a reading competition and their school hopes to read 25,000 books. That is a lot of books! She says it is because reading is so important.

Today they had a famous author come in and read to her class. She writes books about talking bugs. The book she read about was about a Ladybug named Lady Grace. I love ladybugs. I love it when my mommy reads to me.




Thompson Child Development Center

Thompson Child  DevelopmentThompson Child Development Center serves up to 150 children from birth to 5 years of age from their facility on Clanton Road in west Charlotte. The Center provides North Carolina five-star licensed early childhood education to a diverse population – many of whom are exposed to domestic violence, substance abuse and impoverished environments. A large percentage of the children enrolled have been diagnosed with special needs or have high risk factors that challenge their academic and lifelong development. Thompson helps change the lives of these children and families through innovative developmental educational programming.

Thompson reaches out to children of any age, up to 18 years, and to their families. Children have a range of challenges, from the most severe cases of abuse and neglect, to instances where families simply lack the means or tools to provide quality care and education.

March Madness

This is the 15th annual March Madness for Reading, an initiative that encourages children to embrace early literacy activities. This year’s theme, “Plant the Need to Thompson Child DevelopmentRead and Watch it Grow,” will engage families, Thompson staff, local celebrities and the community-at-large, in numerous activities to inspire a passion for reading that fosters lifelong learning habits.

How You Can Help


Volunteers are critical at Thompson Child & Family Focus. Individuals and groups can get involved in a variety of ways. Volunteers allow extra special attention and support for the children.


Stuff We Need (Complete list here)

  • Sheet sets (twin, full and queen)
  • Comforters (twin full and queen)
  • Towels, washcloths and bathmats

Other ways to give:

Food Lion’s MVP Rewards: Register your MVP card and each time you shop a percent will be donated to Thompson Child & Family Focus. Thompson’s code is 252377.

Harris Teeter’s Together in Education: Register your VIC card, and a portion of your grocery bill will be donated. The Thompson code is 3950 and is listed under Matthews, NC. Your VIC card must be re-linked every school year for money to be received by Thompson.

Target’s Take Charge of Education: Thompson’s code is 126366 and we are listed as The School at Thompson.

Cambell's Labels for Education: Save labels from participating brands Labels may be mailed to: Rachel Eldridge, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Thompson Child & Family Focus
6800 Saint Peter's Lane
Matthews, NC 28105

Monetary Giving

Every agency’s greatest need is unrestricted giving.

Gifts are typically tax-deductible and are welcomed throughout the year. Click here to donate online. Donations may always be sent to:
Thompson Child & Family Focus
6800 Saint Peter's Lane
Matthews, NC 28105

Foster Parent Licensing

Did you know there are more than 1,100 children in foster care in Mecklenburg County? These children are longing for positive role models to give them a chance at successful futures.


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