Darrell Cunningham

Darrell Cunningham is the Division Director of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS), collaborating with faith and community based organizations to support county residents in need of DSS service. He is also a member of the Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Board of Directors.

Darrell has created First 2,000 Days awareness raising opportunities for clients through the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program; by prominently displaying First 2,000 Days information in the lobby of DSS offices and through presentations by local Champions at DSS group sessions.

Darrell believes that “every child deserves the right to enjoy their childhood and learn in a positive educational setting. We should do everything we can to ensure every child experiences a great First 2,000 Days of life.”


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