Last fall, our partners at Mecklenburg County released a report called "Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education." This report, created by the Mecklenburg County Early Childhood Education Executive Committee, aligns with the Library's emphasis on early literacy and educational success.
The impetus of this report is stated in the introduction: "Since the release of a national 2013 economic mobility study, which ranked Charlotte 50th out of the nation’s 50 largest cities with regard to upward mobility for its youth, there have been several concentrated efforts to identify barriers to economic opportunity within Mecklenburg County."
The “Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education” report recommends a six year, phased-in, approach to provide universal pre-k for all 4-year-old children and implement Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Talent Development and Retention strategies. As the lead provider of free early literacy opportunities after school and during the summer, the Library is poised to support Mecklenburg County in its efforts.
The Library is also focused on addressing barriers to economic opportunity, through efforts such as Active Reading training and alignment with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.