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The Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides services, advocates and collaborates with others to insure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five, so they can reach their health, developmental, and educational potential. We support local families and children through Smart Start, North Carolina's award-winning early childhood initiative.

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  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
    Dolly Parton Imagination Library

    The Partnership is excited to be sharing Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with even more children in Lincoln and Gaston Counties, targeting the following zip codes in Lincoln County: 28092, 28033 & 28021 and in Gaston County: 28016, 28021, 28052, 28054, 28077 & 28101.

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  • NC Pre-K
    Lincoln County NC Pre-K

    Is a state funded, community-based North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program. This program offers high quality educational experiences for eligible 4 year olds and enhances school readiness.

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  • Child Care Health Consultants
    Child Care Health Consultants

    This service helps local centers/homes to adopt State-recommended health and safety policies and teach staff to implement them. Two North Carolina-certified Child Care Health Consultants work to improve the health, safety and nutrition of children ages birth to five attending licensed child care centers and family child care homes in Lincoln & Gaston Counties.

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  • Triple P
    Triple P

    Is a program that teaches parents developmentally appropriate parenting practices that support positive parent/child interactions. It serves as a centralized source of support for parents of children ages birth through five. Click below and learn more about this program today!

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  • Quality Sustainablity
    Quality Sustainability

    The quality sustainability program provides financial support to sustain four and five star facilities that meet high quality indicators. In addition, participating facilities receive on-site technical assistance and staff training to sustain high quality.

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  • Reach Out and Read

    What is Reach Out and Read?

    Reach Out and Read prepares Lincoln and Gaston County's youngest children for success in school by partnering with doctors who will prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

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  • Smart Start
    Smart Start

    Was created in 1993 as a solution to a problem: children were coming to school unprepared to learn. It is a network of 76 nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children.

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    Sarah Miller

    Board Recognitions and Bob Tull Awards!

    The Partnership is ever so thankful to have dedicated Board members who help support and stand behind the mission and vision of helping young children in Lincoln and Gaston counties thrive. At this month’s board meeting we gave special recognition to those whose tenure had come to an end. Board Chair-Sarah Miller, Board Members Kimberly Davis (not pictured), Erma Deen Hoyle and Susan McCracken.  Erma Deen Hoyle and Susan McCracken also receive the Robert E. Tull Award for their volunteer leadership and community servant hood.

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    Smart Start Receives Funding to Expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Across NC

    Lincoln & Gaston County, NC -- Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Imagination Library) are working together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free, age-appropriate books through the Imagination Library to children across the state.

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