2021-2022 Annual Report

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.

A Message from the Executive Director

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.

Happy Holidays,

Ann Benfield

Executive Director

Our Programs

Highlights from 2021-2022

Early Care and Education

High-quality educational experiences designed to enhance school readiness for all children, ages birth to five, in Cabarrus County.

Programs Funded

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

  • 12


  • 25


  • 381


  • 192

    Children received child care subsidies

  • 158

    Child care providers in 31 child care facilities participated in training from Child Care Health Consultants

  • 134

    Child care providers received professional development advising through the Early Education Liaison Program

  • 77

    Child care providers received Smart Start education scholarships or education award stipends through Early Education Liaison

  • 526

    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

Health and Early Intervention

Programs Funded

Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)

Breastfeeding Peer Support

Emergency Dental Services

  • 15,891

    Children received developmental and early intervention services through ABCD

  • 5

    Children received funding for Emergency Dental Services

  • 392

    Families received 1,116 prenatal and postpartum Breastfeeding Peer Support

Family Education and Support

Programs Funded

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

  • 18

    Families received 231 customized home visits by a Parent Educator through Parents as Teachers

  • 17

    Parents received peer support through 29 Circle of Parents teen parent support group meetings

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

  • 86,120

    Books mailed to children’s homes
    (Up from 80,665 in 2020-2021)

Reach Out and Read

  • 13,084

    Books distributed during well-child visits

  • 131

    Systems building meetings and technical assistance contacts including 10 community agencies to allow recruitment of 26 SUN Clinic patients

The SUN Project

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.

Cuddle Up Coat Drive

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.

  • $520 – Collected to purchase coats

  • 350 – Children’s coats collected

  • 243 – Children’s coats distributed

Emergency Fund

The following items were purchased and distributed to local families in need thanks to your contributions to the Emergency Fund.

5 – Car seats

1 – Stroller

4 – Beds*

1 – Special needs diapers

*Pack N Plays, Toddler Bed/Mattress, Twin Bed/Mattress




Corporate and Foundation Contributors

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

Cabarrus County

Cannon Baller Foundation Inc.

Duke Energy Foundation

Ellis Jewelers

Foundation for the Carolinas

McGill Baptist Church

Hayes Trust

Hilbish Ford

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


TrueHomes Foundation, Inc.

Staff and Board of Directors

Our Team

Board of Directors

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

Get Involved

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.

Duffle Bags of Hope

Children are entering Cabarrus County’s foster care system without the basic items they need to thrive. While resources are often available for younger children, they aren’t for children ages 12+. In response, the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children is filling up 30 backpacks with supplies for youth in Cabarrus County’s foster care system.

Support Our Online Fundraisers!

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!

Honor Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Donate $50 or more to the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children and receive a pack of 5 Christmas cards drawn by local children in our NC Pre-K program! If you would like to donate $50 for 5 cards, Email Lauren

More Ways to Contribute

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.

Cabarrus Partnership for Children

1307 S. Cannon Blvd. Kannapolis, NC 28083
(Mail: PO Box 87, Kannapolis, NC 28082)

Ph: (704) 933-8278