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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 Early Care & Education

    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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    Chamber names man and woman of the year

    Erma Deen Woman of the Year

    In past years, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has held a well-attended banquet to honor community members, businesses and industries with their “of the year” awards. This year, COVID prevented an in-person banquet. Instead, the awards were recorded and shown virtually Thursday evening.

    Even with five years of organizing the chamber banquet under her belt, COVID presented several roadblocks to organizer Tracy Barger.

    “We weren’t even sure we were going to be able to have it,” she said. “We tried to have it at a public venue, but obviously with the restrictions, we couldn’t. We decided to partner with Decovents and RYGID AV to do a virtual event.”


    This year’s Woman of the Year is Erma Deen Hoyle.

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    Community Partners Thanks

    The Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties, Inc. (Partnership) thanks the many community leaders, volunteers, first responders and essential workers that have taken a stand against the coronavirus pandemic. 


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