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Core Values and Standards for Children

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.

Family Support
Parent Involvement in Education
Family Stability
Quality Foster Care and Adoptions Programs
Parenting Skills
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
Quality Teachers
Dropout Prevention

They will not suffer needlessly or be constrained by a lack of health care.

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
Advocacy/Legal Protection
Safe Learning Environment
Neighborhood Safety

They will have opportunities to develop emotional strength.

Emotional Well-Being
Positive Guidance from Adults
Opportunities for Diverse experiences
Moral Development
Opportunities to Experience Success
Spiritual Development
Positive Peer Interaction

They will have sufficient food, shelter and clothing for their needs, and the adults in their lives will support them.

Economic Security
Having Basic Needs Met
Parental access to Livable Wage Jobs
Affordable Housing
Child Support Enforcement
Career Development for Teens
They will have places to go and things to do that involve them in their community.
Community Activities
Parks and Recreational Facilities
Out-of-School Time Programs
Organized Athletics
Arts and Cultural Activities
Organized Youth Programs

They will be the priority of the entire community.

Community Support
Human Service Agency Programs for Families
Elected Officials’ Emphasis on Children’s Needs
Accessible Transportation
Comprehensive Available Resource Information
Business Support/Family Friendly Workplaces
Public Awareness of Children’s Issues

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