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Educational Resources

Healthy Living

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

Services: The USCRI provides a Healthy Living Toolkit that is available in multiple languages and designed to educate refugees and immigrants so they can become proactive health consumers and health promoters in their communities. The toolkit presents material in a culturally appropriate manner and is intended to help health care-related professionals to more effectively assist refugees and immigrants and reduce the health disparities among these populations.

Website: immigrants/health/healthy-living-toolkit/

Special Needs

Easter Seals Irwin & Carol Belk Children’s Center

Services: Provides children with special needs from birth to 5 years old with individualized instruction; multisensory environment; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; before and aftercare; meals and snacks. Clients pay what they can afford.

Address: 716 Marsh Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 704.783.5121 or 704.522.9912

Website: services/irwin-carol-belks.html


Services: Empowering people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities and their families to live life their way by providing innovative housing, employment and community services.

Address: 4425 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 Phone: 704.536.6661



Services: Provides children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities to live, work and play in their communities through an array of services. The Charlotte location has two Creative Campuses, four residential group homes and a Mosaic Studio. Please see website for more information.

Address: 200 Clanton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 Phone: 704.944.5100

Mecklenburg County Children’s Developmental Services

Services: Children's Developmental Services is dedicated to the development of infants and toddlers with special needs, and their families. We offer services to enhance your child’s potential for growth and development. These services include: evaluations and assessments; audiology services; service coordination; special instruction; physical, occupational and speech-language therapies; and assistive technology. No family is denied services because of inability to pay. Evaluations, assessments and service coordination are provided at no charge to families. Other services are provided on a sliding fee scale. Medicaid is billed for services. Other insurance billed with your permission. Spanish speaking staff are available.

Address: 3500 Ellington Street, Charlotte, NC 28211 Phone: English: 704.336.7130; Spanish: 704.336.7452 Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Terrific Talkers

Services: Assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent speech, language and communication disorders in children 18 months to 18 years old. Individual and group therapy sessions are available. Direct payment as services are rendered. Client must file for insurance.

Address: 11535 Carmel Commons Blvd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28226 Phone: 704.541.3737

Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–5:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am–3:00 pm. Website:

Support Works

Services: Offers a directory of resources in the Charlotte, NC region for nonprofit non-political support groups.

Address: 1607 W Dilworth Road, Charlotte, NC 28203 Phone: 704.331.9500


Unique Caring Foundation

Services: Provides day support, respite care, residential support, personal care services, transportation and more for mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals. Medicaid and private payment accepted.

Address: 5500 Executive Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212 Phone: 704-569-8654


Enrichment Programs

Easter Seals Irwin & Carol Belk Children’s Center

Services: Provides typical learners from birth to 5 years old with individualized instruction; multisensory environment; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; before and

aftercare; meals and snacks. Clients pay what they can afford.

Address: 716 Marsh Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 704.783.5121 or 704.522.9912

Website: services/irwin-carol-belks.html

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte

Services: During the school year the After-School Program provides homework assistance, enrichment classes and mentoring for refugee children ages 5-13 years at Galilee Ministries and drop- in tutoring for 13-18 year olds at Garinger High School. On Friday evenings, ages 13-18 meet for Girl’s Dinner and Boy’s Group and enjoy fun activities at various locations. In the summer, Catholic Charities offers Newcomer’s ESL classes for refugees 5-18 years old at Sailboat Bay Apartments and a 2-3 week summer camp for refugees 5-18 years who have been in
the U.S. up to 5 years at Galilee Ministries. Call ahead to confirm time and location.

Galilee Ministries

Address: 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Garinger High School:

Address: 1100 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205

Sailboat Bay Apartments

Address: 5417 Albermarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212 Phone: 704.370.3258


Communities in Schools

Services: Dropout prevention program that provides tutoring, counseling and mentoring programs by partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Address: 601 East 5th Street, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: 704.335.0601


Bethlehem Center

Services: Head Start preschool; afterschool tutoring programs; summer day camp; school supplies; teen gang, drug and alcohol abuse prevention; and college scholarships for low income children. Limited transportation available, request when applying.

Address: 2705 Baltimore Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Phone: 704.375.1417


Focus Academy

Services: Afterschool program for Montagnard students that include help with homework, assistance in reading and language skills, spiritual instruction, and guidance in overcoming the challenges that are a part of adapting to American society.

Address: 2604 Midland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208 Phone: 704.621.6759


International House

Services: Offers youth English tutoring and rising readers programs Address: 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: 704.333.8099


Learning Help Centers of Charlotte

Services: Offering free programs to workforce apartment management, residents and children right where they live by helping them create healthy, happy communities.

Afterschool support and tutoring for resident children 6-14 years with the goal of improving student reading, writing & math proficiency, school grades and reversing the adverse drop out from high school trend. Summer camps offer reading and academic enrichment, work ethic development, educational field trips, sports, swim clinics, and a whole lot more. Year round creative arts and sports clinics include apartment-based soccer, swimming, painting/drawing, music & dance. See website for more details and location of programs.

Address: PO Box 1440, Pineville, NC 28134 Phone: 980.297.5114


Local Libraries

Services: Free cultural arts, academic, life skills, job training and social programs for all ages. Check out website for more details.


Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Independence Regional

Address: 6000 Conference Drive, Charlotte NC 28212 Phone: 704.416.4800

Plaza Midwood

Address: 1623 Central Avenue, Charlotte NC 28205
Phone: 704.416.6200


Services: Offers a free and safe after-school center for all children, many of whom are immigrants and refugees, in need

of supplemental academic and linguistic support. In addition, fun enrichment activities and field trips are offered to further assist in cultural assimilation. Many students and their families also receive assistance with housing and participate in mentoring

and athletic programs. Call for more details. Address: 3115 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215 Phone: 704.408.4773



Services: Provides a safe, nurturing, respectful environment for refugee and immigrant students and their families to adjust to a new culture, learn a new language and get the support they need to succeed at school and life. After school and summer

programs for grades K-5offer hands on science, cooking, math, and engineering activities all with an English as a Second language component.

Address: 1350 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28205

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, closed Sunday Phone: 980.272.6022


Southeast Asian Coalition

Services: Provides youth tutoring, English instruction, bridging cultural gaps for youth and families, citizenship services, voter education and registration, and immigration and education advocacy.

Address: 4938 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Website:

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