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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    I am WAGE$ Ellen Devenny

    Determined. Dedicated. Committed. Those are just a few words that describe Child Care WAGE$® participant, Ellen Devenny. Ellen works as an assistant teacher at a five-star private NC Pre-K center in Gaston County, and just graduated in May 2019 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education with a 4.0 GPA. She walked across the stage at age 62. Click for full article.


    Photo credit: Gaston College


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    It's Cold Outside!


    As the  winter months continue and temperatures drop, every effort must be made to keep children safe while playing outside.  While there are many benefits to being outside, such as the ability to explore and discover and the freedom to run, jump and play, the American  Academy of Pediatrics stress that with a few simple steps, children can be kept safe from weather-related dangers.

    Check Weather Prior 
    A Child Care Weather chart as well as a check with local weather channels in your area can be used in determining if conditions are suitable for children to play outside. 

    Appropriate Attire 
    Children should be kept warm and dry. This can be achieved by dressing them in layers.  Below is an example of how this can be done:

    • ·Layer 1: Thermal underwear, socks.
    • ·Layer 2: Turtleneck, sweater plus sweatpants or possibly ski pants.
    • ·Layer 3: Jacket (water-resistant), a hat, waterproof gloves and boots with gripping surfaces and a neck gaiter.

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