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September is Attendance Awareness Month PDF Print Email

Did you know that September is Attendance Awareness Month? For many of us, the first days of school conjure up images of backpacks stuffed with notebooks and No. 2 pencils, bulletin boards freshly decorated by teachers, and students showing off new clothes to old friends. But many students are heading toward academic trouble already: they're missing too many days of school.

Legislative Update 6/4 PDF Print Email

Legislative Update

Weeks ago the NC Senate referred two critical pieces of youth justice legislation to the Senate Judiciary II Committee: PREA Compliance (HB 585) and Criminal Law Procedures (HB 217).  PREA Compliance will be on the committee's agenda today at 10 am.


We encourage all of our allies to continue their outreach efforts to members of Senate Judiciary II. You will find contact information HERE. Below are some useful talking points:

SUPPORT PREA Compliance (HB 585)

  • North Carolina must comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) or risk losing vital criminal justice funding from the federal government.
  • The Youthful Offender PREA standards require states to give special attention to the safety and well-being of youth in ALL state and local corrections, holdover, and lockup facilities.
  • I urge you to support reinserting language in the bill that applies to local jails, which have to comply with the federal PREA standards.
  • HB 585 is instrumental in keeping youth safe in adult facilities by ensuring youth under 18 do not have sight or sound contact with adult inmates.

Click here for a fact sheet with additional information on HB 585

Community Health Assessment PDF Print Email

Every four years, Mecklenburg County conducts a Community Health Assessment to identify, describe and prioritize issues affecting the public health of our community. As part of the 2013 assessment, we welcome you to participate in a brief health opinion survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Responses are completely anonymous.

We are interested in hearing from as many people as possible across the county and ask that you forward this email with the survey link to your friends, colleagues and co-workers. A paper version of the survey is available and we would be willing to deliver copies if you have clients or groups who might not have access to the online survey.


Mecklenburg Cares for Pre-K PDF Print Email


As a community, Charlotte Mecklenburg is committed to helping all children reach their fullest potential. Through public investment in quality Pre-Kindergarten programs, we ensure a strong start in school to many children who may otherwise not have access.  The county has shown its commitment to our children by funding our local Pre-K program called Bright Beginnings, in the amount of $9.4 million, which reaches 2,941 four year olds each year.  Currently, the State only provides funding for 864 children to attend NC Pre-K in Charlotte Mecklenburg, far below what is needed and almost $3 million dollars less than our local investment.


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