The Cabarrus County Partnership for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to connect purpose, people and place to ensure child well-being in Cabarrus County.
Our collaborative organization contracts with many community partners to implement evidence-based programs in early education, health, and family support for children ages birth to five, their families, and their caregivers.
As I reflect over the last fourteen years, I am so proud of all the things we have accomplished. I can’t believe I have been the Executive Director of the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children for fourteen years this January. Time passes by so quickly when you are engaged in work that you love.
We have accomplished so many amazing things together and YOU should be proud of our work on the SUN Project, educating many early childhood professionals at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the pediatric practices making sure children have development screening and introducing them to literacy so they will be ready for school. I could go on all day of the things YOU have helped us do in the community.
We are very proud of all our programs and our direct service providers, so I hope you will review our 2021-2022 Annual Report and know that our Annual Report would not be possible, if not for YOU, Our Community Partners.
With a very grateful heart, I thank you, our community for supporting the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children, our youngest children and families. We know when we help a child we change our future. Thank you & Blessing to you and your family.
Child Care Health Consultants
Child Care Subsidy Administration
Child Care Subsidy
Child Care WAGE$
Early Education Liaison
Inclusive Child Care
NC Pre-K Administration
NC Pre-K Program – Subsidy Enhancements
Children received child care subsidies
Child care providers in 31 child care facilities participated in training from Child Care Health Consultants
Child care providers received professional development advising through the Early Education Liaison Program
Child care providers received Smart Start education scholarships or education award stipends through Early Education Liaison
On-site technical assistance and 303 phone or written technical assistance contacts provided to child care providers through Child Care Health Consultants and Inclusive Child Care
Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)
Breastfeeding Peer Support
Emergency Dental Services
Children received developmental and early intervention services through ABCD
Children received funding for Emergency Dental Services
Families received 1,116 prenatal and postpartum Breastfeeding Peer Support
Family Education and Support (Circle of Parents)
Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up (ABC)
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Reach Out and Read
Substance Use Network (SUN) Clinic Systems Building
Families received 231 customized home visits by a Parent Educator through Parents as Teachers
Parents received peer support through 29 Circle of Parents teen parent support group meetings
Books mailed to children’s homes
(Up from 80,665 in 2020-2021)
Books distributed during well-child visits
Systems building meetings and technical assistance contacts including 10 community agencies to allow recruitment of 26 SUN Clinic patients
The Substance Use Network (The SUN Project) is a cross-sector collaborative system of compassionate care that uses best practices to support the health, safety, well-being and recovery of pregnant patients with substance use disorder, their infants, and their families.
In this featured video, see how The SUN Project supported Brooke through her pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery from substance use disorder.
Each year, the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children collects and distributes hundreds of winter coats to children who are in need through our Cuddle up Coat Drive. Local businesses and organizations aid us in our efforts by becoming coat drive collection sites and by hosting their own coat drives with their staff and clientele, then delivering donated children’s coats to the Partnership.
The following items were purchased and distributed to local families in need thanks to your contributions to the Emergency Fund.
*Pack N Plays, Toddler Bed/Mattress, Twin Bed/Mattress
Special thanks to our contributors for providing funding to support high-quality early education programs in Cabarrus County.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Barnes & Noble
Ben Mynatt Dealerships
Cabarrus Brewing Company
Cannon Baller Foundation Inc.
Duke Energy Foundation
Foundation for the Carolinas
McGill Baptist Church
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
TrueHomes Foundation, Inc.
Ann Benfield – Executive Director
Ariel Ayers – Finance
Lauren Westin – Program Manager
Patricia Sehorn – Program Manager
Hanna Wareham – NCPK Coordinator
Lissy Rios – Program Assistant
Starla Hatley – ABCD/ROR Coordinator
Debra Pless – Child Care Health Consultant
Melissa Jones – Child Care Health Consultant
Rachel Brazil – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Karen Calhoun – Department of Human Services
Dr. Rosolena Conroy, MD – Licensed Therapist
Jeanne Dixon – Retired DSS, Kannapolis City Council
Joseph Houston – Duke Energy
Danielle Mauldin – Kids’ Korner CDC & Kids Next Door
Amos McClorey – Retired, NAACP
Stephen Morris – Gem Theatre, County Commissioner
Gilbert Small – Retired, Business
Elizabeth Street – Assistant District Attorney
Waynett Taylor – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Jacqueline Whitfield – Retired Educator
The Cabarrus County Partnership for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means we depend on the support of our local community in order to provide evidence-based programs and critical services to ensure the well-being of Cabarrus County’s youngest population. There is a large population of children under the age of 5 who don’t have access to high-quality child care, early education, health services, and the basic programs and resources they’ll need in order to thrive. We need to reach the children who need our programs the most and we can’t do it without your help.
Contribute to one of our Facebook Fundraisers or create one of your own that supports the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children! Once created, share your Fundraiser with your family and friends! To create a Facebook Fundraiser, visit the link below, select “Raise Money” and follow the steps to getting your fundraiser set up!
Make a monetary donation through mail, PayPal or Facebook to support one of our many evidence-based programs for children ages birth to five. Your support stays right here in Cabarrus County. Visit the link below to choose how you would like to contribute.