Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center serves all Central Piedmont Community College students, including those who are parents or caregivers. Our goal is to support you by providing the resources you may need to have a successful college experience.

Resources and Programs

  • Child Care Assistance Grant

    The Child Care Assistance Grant is a program funded by the State of North Carolina to assist community college students with their child care needs. At Central Piedmont, the Child Care Assistance Committee reviews and evaluates applications and recommends recipients. Funds are administered by the Family Resource Center.  In past years, the college has generally received an amount of money which could assist about 20 students each year. Students accepted into this program have typically been awarded assistance with 70 percent of their child care costs with the remainder of the cost the student’s responsibility.

    Child Care Assistance Grant Eligibility

    • successfully complete a minimum of 12 college credit hours at Central Piedmont
    • have a minimum 2.0 GPA
    • be enrolled for at least six credit hours of college-level classes that are not on-line

    Central Piedmont employees are not eligible to apply for child care assistance through this program. Work study is considered a form of financial aid and recipients of work study may apply.

    Child care Assistance Grant Application Requirements

    Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Both the financial aid award letter and your program evaluation can be found in MyCollege.

  • Resources for Homeless and Low-Income Students

      • Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) provides affordable housing to alleviate homelessness and human suffering.

        • Phone: 704.335.9380, ext 134

        • Samaritan House provides short term recuperative care to homeless men and women after a hospital or emergency room stay. 
          • Phone: 704.333.0110
        • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina aims to end hunger in 16 counties by distributing food to over 500 agencies, such as soup kitchens, emergency shelters, group homes, food pantries, and low income daycares.
          • Phone: 704.805.1712
        • Charlotte Rescue Mission provides a free, 90 day residential recovery program to predominately homeless men and women addicted to drugs and or alcohol. Through their programs, clients receive: food, clothing, lodging; individual and group counseling; addiction education; worship services; life skills training; family education and services; and an opportunity for GED completion.
        • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte provides safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man.
          • Phone: 704.334.3187, ext. 0
        • Charlotte Emergency Housing primarily serves single mothers with children. They are also one of the limited options for single fathers with children and two-parent families.
        • My Sister’s House stabilizes and strengthens women through counseling, stability in living arrangements, and education as they guide them on the path to self-reliance.
          • Phone: 704.200.2807
      • Resources for Parents with Children

        • The Relatives works to keep kids safe, families together, and to prepare youth and young adults to be healthy, productive, and engaged members of the community.

          • Phone: 704.344.1111
        • A Child’s Place works in collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to provide education and support services and to advocate for children and their families who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless.
          • Phone: 704.846.2329
        • Pat's Place coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of the most severe cases of child abuse in Mecklenburg County, including sexually abuse, severe physical abuse, or those who have witnessed a violent crime.
        • Alexander Youth Network provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. They deliver an effective and efficient array of services, enabling children and their families to exercise self-determination, achieve their potential, and become positive contributors to society.
          • Phone: 704.366.8721
        • Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Reach Out and Read ensures that all children enter school healthy and ready to succeed by funding over 30 programs in early childhood education, health, and family support. Through the Reach Out and Read program, young children are given a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
        • Trusted Parents offers support to individuals and the parents/caregivers of those living with physical, neurological, and sensory disabilities. They are passionate about providing long-term solutions, developing skills, accessing resources, hosting educational workshops, support groups, and family friendly events.
        • Beds for Kids aims to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte.
          • Phone: 980.422.1192, ext. 403
        • Child and Family Development provides comprehensive, integrated, and quality service to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. They offer rich expertise in many areas, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, as well as educational and psychological assessment and support.
          • Phone: 704.541.9080
        • ourBRIDGE Program teaches children English and celebrates every culture while being encouraged to show pride on who the child is, and where they came from. Based in Charlotte, NC the mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, respectful environment for refugee and immigrant students and their families. A place where they can adjust to a new culture, learn our language and get the support they need to succeed at school and life. ourBRIDGE’s purpose is, through education, foster a sense of respect, awareness, understanding, and acceptance of all cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs among the communities it serves.
        • Genesis Project 1, Inc. is committed to the development of programs that address the factors that perpetuate poverty, addiction, oppression, and abuse.
        • Bright Blessings aims to bring joy, care, and hope to homeless and impoverished children by mobilizing community volunteers of all ages. Their services impact over 4,000 local children every year through the following programs: Bless-a-Birthday, Bless-a-Baby, Gift of Literacy, and Gift of Care.
        • Trips for Kids Charlotte provides outdoor outings, community service, and educational opportunities for kids who do not have access to these types of activities within their communities or environments.
        • KIPP Charlotte is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public school serving 360 students in grades five through eight. KIPP Charlotte serves communities that are traditionally underserved and marginalized in education.
          • Phone: 704.537.2044
      • List of Places Kids Eat Free

        Places Kids Eat Free Every Day

        • Golden Corral: Kids under three eat free from the buffet all day.
        • O’Charley’s: Children 10 years old and under get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.
        • Shoney’s: Kids four years old and under eat free from the buffet all day, seven days a week. One kid per adult entrée.
        • The Randazzos’ Grid Iron: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day, seven days a week. One child per adult dinner entrée. Dine in only.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Monday

        • Cabos Mexican Restaurant: Kids 10 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Kids 10 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday — Thursday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Macaroni Grill: Kids 12 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday and Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée, excluding 3 Course Lunch and Romano’s Kitchen Counter Express Lunch or Dinner.
        • Newk’s Eatery: Kids eat free Monday nights.
        • Park Place Restaurant: Kids 12 years and under eat free with regular adult entree and drink purchase.
        • Showmars: Kids eat free Monday nights.
        • Sonny’s BBQ: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday. One kid per $9 adult entrée.
        • Sports Page: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal after 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • The Lodge: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal from 4 — 8 p.m. on Monday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • The Summit Room: Kids eat free on Monday nights.
        • Urban Cookhouse: Kids eat free from 4 — 8 p.m. on Monday with the purchase of an adult entrée. One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Tuesday

        • Bang Bang Burgers: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal between 5 — 9 p.m. on Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Bob Evans: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal between 4 — 9 p.m. on Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Cantina 1511: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Two kids per table.
        • Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday —Thursday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse: Kids eat free all day on Tuesday and Thursday. Limit one free kid’s meal per $10 adult purchase, one child per adult, not to be combined with other offers.
        • Hawthorne’s New York Pizza: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Tuesday. One kid per $7 adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • IHOP: Kids four — 10 years old can eat for free off of the Kids Menu from 4 —10 p.m. with a purchase of an adult meal.
        • Ikea: Kids 12 years old and under can choose one combo meal for free from 11 a.m. — close. No coupon needed.
        • Kickstand Burgers: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Tuesday. One kid per $7 adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Macaroni Grill: Kids 12 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday and Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée, excluding 3 Course Lunch and Romano’s Kitchen Counter Express Lunch or Dinner.
        • Mac’s Speed Shop: Kids can eat free after 5 p.m. on Tuesday with the purchase of a full priced meal.
        • McAlister’s Deli: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal between 5 — 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Two kids per adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Tuesday. One kid per $5 adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Pizza Peel: Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of one adult meal. Receive up to two kids meals free. Dine-in only.
        • Rusty’s Deli & Grille: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Salsaritas: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal from 5 — 8 p.m. on Tuesday. One kid per $8 adult entrée.
        • Sports Page: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal after 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. One kid per adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Wolfman’s Pizza (Cotswold location only): Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal on Tuesday. One kids’ meal per $7 spent.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Wednesday

        • Captain Steve’s: Kids 10 years and under eat for free all day on Wednesday. Two kids per adult entrée. Dine-in only.
        • Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday – Thursday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • East Coast Wings & Grill: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal on Wednesday after 3:30 p.m. One kid per adult entrée. Dine in only.
        • Firehouse Subs: Kids 12 years old and under eat free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
        • Flying Biscuit Cafe: Kids 12 years old and under eat for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal.
        • JJ’s Red Hots: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day. One kid per adult combo.
        • Sabor Latin Street Grill: Kids 12 years old and under eat free on Wednesday with accompanying adult purchase.
        • Tryon House Restaurant: Kids 1 years old and under get a free Kid’s Meal on Wednesday. One kid’s meal per adult.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Thursday

        • Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Kids 10 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Monday — Thursday. One kid per adult entrée.
        • Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse: Kids eat free all day on Tuesday and Thursday. Limit one free kid’s meal per $10 adult purchase, one child per adult, not to be combined with other offers.
        • Pure Pizza: Kids 12 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Thursday. One kid per $10 adult entrée.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Saturday

        • Kid Cashew : Kids eight and under eat free brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
        • Steak n’ Shake: Kids 12 years and under get a free Kids’ Meal (not including drink) all day on Saturday and Sunday. One kid per $8 adult entrée. Dine in only.

        Places Kids Eat Free on Sunday

        • Captain Steve’s: Kids six years old and under eat for free all day Sunday. Two kids per adult entrée. Dine-in only.
        • Crunch Bistro: Kids eat free on Sunday between 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. One kids meal per adult entree purchase. Dine-in only.
        • Firehouse Subs: Kids 12 years old and under eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.
        • Jersey Mike’s Subs (Mallard Pointe location): Kids eat free all day. Limit one child for every regular sub purchased.
        • Kid Cashew : Kids eight and under eat free brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
        • Libretto’s Pizzeria: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal on Sunday. One free Kid’s Menu selection per adult entrée, pasta, or whole pizza.
        • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant: Kids 12 years old and under get one free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
        • Shane’s Rib Shack: Kids 10 years old and under get a free Kids’ Meal all day on Sunday. One kid per adult entrée. Dine-in only.