April 12, 2009

Parent groups

Looking for playgroups, socialization or support? Check out our incredible list of parenting groups.


Written by moms in Charlotte for moms in Charlotte

Looking for other moms to have playgroups with or to socialize? Check out our exhaustive list of groups throughout the Charlotte region! (A huge thanks to Michelle Lloyd for compiling this!)


StrollerFit of Lake Norman : This is a community organization of moms that do playdates, moms night out, and other fun activities. StrollerFit classes are also available for a monthly fee or by the class.

The Rock Hill/Charlotte Work At Home Meetup Group : Meet other local people who work from home, own their own businesses, or work in referral-based industries or That Just want to get out of the House.

SuperMoms of the South : Meet other York County and South Charlotte and surrounding area stay-at-home moms. Gather for playgroups, lunch, shopping, mom's night out, park days, field trips new friendships. Stay at home SuperDads are welcome too.

Waxhaw Moms Group : Meet fun moms through playdates and mom’s night outs.

Union County Moms Group : This group hosts a variety of events from playgroups, to family style meals, to moms night outs and more.

New Moms of South Charlotte Playgroup :The South Charlotte Playgroup is a meetup group of new moms and their little ones. Most live in the South Charlotte area.

QueenCity Stay At Home Moms : Meet nearby Queen City Stay at Home Moms. Come to a local stay at home moms meetup for friendship, reassurance, and parenting advice, excerising with baby and lots of great information.

Left of Center Moms of Charlotte and Surrounding areas : A group for moms that have never been accused of being normal. This group is for you if you are or have ever been called anything like liberal, punk, alternative, granola, free spirit, etc. or have just never felt one with the status quo.

Beautiful Ladies & Wonderful Friends : Gather for playdates, lunch, support, outings and mom's night out in the North Charlotte area.

Huntersville Stay At Home Moms Meetup Group : This group is all about finding friends and planning fun activities for the SAHM in Huntersville.

Mooresville's Little Munchkins Mooresville's : Little Munchkins is for moms who have young children and need an inexpensive but fun way to entertain and develop there young children’s minds.

University Area Moms (UAM) : An active organization for stay-at-home mothers (and dads) with children 5 years of age and younger. We encourage children to have fun and learn social skills through a monthly calendar packed full of play dates, park days, excursions, and many other events.

Moms World of Charlotte: Free, fun online group of wonderful moms that live in and around the Charlotte area. Offers friendship, support, playgroups, family outings, mom's nights outs, and so much more.


MOMS Club of Charlotte - Steele Creek: A stay-at-home club for moms and children. The club offers a variety of activities including playgroups, coffee club, holiday parties, and service projects. Siobhan Beam (704) 583-0385

MOMS Club of Charlotte -- Stonecrest : Stonecrest is a group of stay-at-home moms who support each other and have fun through child-friendly activities, playgroups, and mom's night out events.

MOMS Club of Concord : is a National nonprofit organization specifically for at-home mothers everywhere.

MOMS Club of Indian Trail : is a group for full- or part-time stay-at-home or work-from-home moms. Meets monthly to have fun and to take care of Chapter business, playgroups, activities, and moms' nights out/in.

MOMS Club of Matthews Southwest: Meet and connect with other moms and their children in your area. The group has numerous activities each month that include things like park days, playgroups, special outings to local attractions, a monthly business social, new member tea, and community service projects. Contact us for more information.

MOMS Club of Mint Hill: A support group for stay at home or part time working moms. They have park days, playgroups and monthly meetings and moms night out. All activities are during the day and children are welcome. (Includes Mint Hill, Monroe & Indian Trail)


Bouncing Back with Baby: For moms with children 6 weeks old and up. Fun, effective stroller exercise. Get back in shape through power walking, stair climbing, and sculpting with fitness bands, all while enjoying time outdoors with your child(ren). Taught by licensed physical therapist. Meets rain or shine. Stroller required (does not have to be a jogger). Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sept. 9 – Oct. 7 (5 weeks), meet in Levine Jewish Community Center lobby. Cost: $75 Member of JCC, $45 Benefactor, $90 Non-Member.

Charlotte area Dads : As part of The Dads Network, is a free community for dads in Charlotte and surrounding area. Each month, they offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families.

University Area Moms: An active organization for mothers, fathers, and children ages 0-5 years with activities almost every day of the week. These include play groups, park days, excursions, mom's and dad's only activities, mom's weekends away, and lots of other stuff. Contact:

Mocha Moms : An active group for mothers of color providing a weekly support group, a playgroup, periodic speakers on a variety of topics, moms-only and whole family events, and a great deal of fun.

Mothers and More Lake Norman Chapter : Mothers and More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Wed of every month at 7:30 pm at the NorthCross Medical Park in Huntersville; in the community room on the first floor.

Charlotte Mothers of Multiples : CMOMs serves nearly 500 women in the greater Charlotte area who are mothers, or expectant mothers, of twins, triplets or more. Services include parental support programs, information and equipment exchanges, social support networks, educational opportunities and scholarship programs.

Charlotte Newcomers Club : The club's social purpose is to extend a friendly and neighborly hand to all newcomers by introducing them to others and starting them on a new social life in their community.

Greater Charlotte Play Group A group of mothers and multi-aged children that enjoy fun activities all year round. You can email the group directly at:

Our Mommies Group : offers a free place for moms to come and be supported no matter their race, financial status, parenting style or personal belief system.

Lake Norman Moms and Dads: Kids of all ages are welcome. Activities include: playdates, fun outings (parks, zoo, museums), family events, moms night outs, dads night outs, couple nights outs, etc.

Playgroups USA : Charlotte, NC Playgroups USA was formed to help parents and caregivers experience all of the wonderful benefits of a playgroup.

York County Dads : An active group of stay at home fathers who do play activities and fathers-only get-togethers. Their activities are publicized via a Yahoo e-group so internet access is required. Please click here to see the site and if you wish register.


La Leche League Support group to share breast-feeding information and mothering experience for new moms, pregnant moms or experienced moms. Arboretum Grace Lutheran Church, Providence Road., Charlotte, NC (704) 552-6591.

La Leche League Charlotte South. Carolinas Medical Center, Pineville. NC (704) 540-2322.

La Leche League Matthews/Union County. Presbyterian Hospital, 1500 Matthews-Township Parkway, Matthews. (704)847-5845.

La Leche League Charlotte Evening. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 920 Sharon Amity Road. Charlotte, NC (704) 455-8855.

La Leche League Charlotte North. Piedmont Unitarian Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. Charlotte, NC (704) 535-4990.

Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group:This is a sharing group for mothers who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding. Led by a lactation consultant, it addresses a wide variety of issues. Call Carolinas Lactation Center at Mercy Hospital South at 541-2943 weekdays 9-4 for meeting times and other details.

Lactation Services: (Carolinas HealthCare System) (704) 541-2943


Bible study for teens with learning disabilities: Charlotte’s Myers Park United Methodist Church at 1501 Queens Road has started a weekly Bible study for those age 16 and up with learning disabilities. The Trailblazers meet at 5 p.m. Sundays in Room 259 in the Youth Building for fellowship and a lesson led by two teachers. Following the 45-minute class, youth are encouraged to stay for the weekly Youth Ministries supper ($4 per meal). Parents are welcome to drop their child off and come back, or wait for them at church. A dozen or so youth have been attending each class, which is open to the community. Details: Rev. Shane Page at (704) 295-4823 or

ASK (Absolutely Special Kids) UCP Kindergarten: For children with any special need and those without special needs. This meets-as-it-needs-or-wants-to group consists of parents reflecting that mixed population. The children are generally 18 months to 5 years of age. The parents have banded together to share resources and to have a good time. Call Easter Seals/United Cerebral Palsy Kindergarten at 704/522-9912 weekdays 9-5 for more information; ask for Mary Jane (the social worker who is most familiar with the program).

Apraxia Family Support Group For families of children with Apraxia (704) 717-0648.

Charlotte DSI (Dysfunction of Sensory Integration) Support Group: Parent-to-parent support group. Trinity Presbyterian Church , 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 708-8536.

Autism Society of North Carolina-Mecklenburg County Chapter Support group for families struggling with Autism Sharon United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC (704) 896-3570.

C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) (704) 551-9120.

KinShip Care (for kin other than parents raising children) A group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or other caring people caring for children other than their own. They meet to share and also get together just to do things for fun. Supervised care for children of 17 years and younger for the evening meeting. Please call before attending your first meeting. For details about their morning or early evening meeting, contact a leader of the group at 704/336-8520 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hope Groups of the Crisis Pregnancy Care: This organization sponsors a variety of groups which change as they need. There are groups for expectant mothers, a fathers' group, a couples' group (mostly for unmarried partners), and a Spanish group. These groups provide emotional support and useful information for parents in high risk situations. All members must be clients of the Crisis Pregnancy Care organization. Call 704/372-5981 weekdays 9-4 for more information.

Single Parent Support Group : This group provides a safe environment focusing on family support and social activity for all single parents and their children of any age. It is co-sponsored by the Harris Y and Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, but you don't have to be a member of either organization. They meet regularly for special events and useful classes. To talk with one of the leaders, call Larry at 844-8858 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Shelter for Battered Women's Parenting Group: A confidential, professionally-facilitated group for women who have been victims of domestic violence or other abuse or whose child(ren) have been abused. These structured meetings cover a new topic every week. For details, call the Shelter at 704/332-2513 anytime

Adoptive Parents Together : Support group for new and experienced adoptive parents of children from foster care, older children and children with special needs. 1516 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. (704) 376-7180, ext. 123.

Caleb Ministries : Support for hurting women who experience infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. (704) 544-1320

Carolina Breast Friends :Social and educational group for women at all stages of breast cancer. Myers Park United Methodist Church, Parish Bldg., Room 106, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte. (704) 948-0886.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Local Unit of The Autism Society of North Carolina Support Group : Sharon United Methodist Church, Charlotte. (704) 566-9106.

Circle of Friends : Sharing group for adults who have lost a loved one. (704) 366-6524.

CmeLearn-Charlotte Mason eLearn : Support for home education parents using Charlotte Mason teaching methods including whole or 'living' books and narration. (704) 491-7200.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in America : Support for children with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. (704) 907-9751.

Down Syndrome Association : (704) 536-2163.

Charlotte Doulas : A membership-based group of independent doulas. Our members vary in their philosophies, levels of experience, their fee structures, and in the specific services they provide.

Families Doing Time: Support Group for families and friends of offenders. 904 Pecan Avenue., Charlotte. (704) 374-0762.

Grandcare Support Group: the only program in Mecklenburg County that assists only grandparents and other relatives raising children. Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road. Charlotte. (704) 522-6222.

Holistic Alternative: (formerly Holistic Moms Network) Meets every 3rd Wednesday at Earthfare 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. Contact Pat Robinson for information wuweimama@earthlink .net

ICAN (The International Cesarean Awareness Network) (704) 367-9341.

LDAC (Learning Disabilities Association Support Group) Learning Disabilities Association Support Group St. John Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Road. Charlotte. (704) 542-0470.

Mecklenburg County Parents of Valor: Support group for non-custodial parents. Belmont Regional Center, 700 Parkwood Ave., Charlotte. (704) 333-2033.

MOMS Support Group : For moms with newborns up to crawling. Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte. (704) 384-7510.

NOCIRC:(National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center) Medical information regarding infant circumcision. Charlotte. (704) 367-2520

Parents of Children with Cancer: (704) 355-1160

Parents Who Care: Program to assist parents and adolescents who are having discipline problems, involved or at-risk for involvement with the juvenile court system. (704) 866-7774.

ParentVOICE: Offering resources, information and support for families of youth with serious emotional, behavioral or mental health concerns. Support for both parents and youth (ages 13-18). Grace United Methodist Church, 737 Woodlawn Dr. , Charlotte. (704) 905-7016.

Project Linus: Volunteers make blankets for children who are sick, traumatized or in crisis, which are distributed through local hospitals, police and other organizations. Candlewyck Baptist Church, 7200 Providence Road. Charlotte. (704) 588-9363

RADical Healing: Reactive Attachment Disorder Support Group. Assists families in healing children affected by severe neglect, abuse or trauma. St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte. (704) 948-7484

Single Parent Family: Support group offered by Harris YMCA to single parent families. Forest Hill Church, Charlotte. (704) 844-8858

SPAFA: (Southern Piedmont Adoptive Families of America) is a support group for adoptive or prospective adoptive families. Meetings are held the SECOND TUESDAY of every month at the Roman Catholic Diocesan Pastoral Center 1123 South Church Street, Charlotte Pastoral Center - 1st Floor.

Stork Club: Support for mothers of children ages 5 years or younger who has Sickle Cell Disease. 821 Baxter St., Suite 312.. Charlotte. (704) 332-4184.

Strengthening Families: Family member in active recovery with children ages 6-16 living with parent or caregiver. Chemical Dependency Center, 100 Billingsley Road. Charlotte. (704) 927-8827.

TGIF: Separation and divorce support group for women. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte NC (704) 543-8986.

The Family and Friends Support Group: For family and friends of those with cancer. (704) 384-5223.

Women Talk: Support group for women who are experiencing or have experienced abuse from current or former partners. Free child care and parking. Carolinas Medical Center's Main Campus. (704) 446-3999.

WomenFIRST Non-profit organization that links women in the area for support, friendship and information. Volunteer-run organization that seeks to connect all women. (704) 364-8886.

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