Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
Early childhood professionals help prepare our youngest children for school and for life. Your work matters to children, their families, our community and the world. This section is designed to help you get the information you need to provide a quality environment for the children you care for.
cabarrus partnership programs/services
- Assuring Better Health and Development (ABCD)
Improves the quality of child development services in primary care medical practices by enhancing developmental screening and referral for children ages birth-5 in the context of the medical home. Helping to identify children for early intervention services and making sure they receive needed services.
Contact: Starla Hatley (Cabarrus Partnership for Children) - 704-490-0976.
- Building Healthy Lifestyles in All Directions
The Building Healthy Lifestyles program is a multi-faceted approach to reduce childhood obesity in Cabarrus County. The program will implement: GO NAPSACC, Be Active Kids, and Eat Play and Grow in child care centers and part-day preschools.
Contact: Meredith Ledford - 704-517-1248.
- Child Care Health Consultants
Child care health consultant activity provides training and on-site assistance to 90+ child care providers to improve the health and safety of children and prevent the spread of communicable disease. Service provided by registered nurses.
Contact: Debra Pless or Melissa Jones (Cabarrus Partnership for Children) - 704-933-8278, Option 1.
- Early Educator & Early Education Business Administrator Program
Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) is providing Early Education Teacher Liaisons and an Early Educator Business Administrator Liaison to address teacher education and business administrator education in child care facilities in Cabarrus County.
- Emergency Dental Services
Cabarrus Partnership for Children funds the Smart Start Emergency Dental Program at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. This program provides emergency dental treatment and follow up for children ages 0-5 years old who have no dental insurance or Medicaid.
Contact: Janie Woodie (Cabarrus Health Alliance) - 704-920-1096.
- Family Education and Support
Parent Support Groups are provided to help parents meet specific challenges of everyday life faced by pregnant and parenting teens and young moms.
Contact: LaShonda Houston (Endless Opportunities) - 704-604-9755.
- Parents as Teachers
PAT and ABC are home visitation programs that empower parents and caregivers to give their children the best possible start in life. They provide help with attachment in the ABC program. In PAT, they provide information on the ages and stages of early development, activities to encourage learning, and support for parents as they guide their young children through this fun and exciting time of growth and learning.
Contact: Lashonda Houston (Endless Opportunities) - 704-604-9755.
- Preschool Programs
High quality early childhood education experiences for 3 and 4 year old children in Cabarrus County. Funding is administered by the Cabarrus Partnership for Children, and services are provided in child care centers, Cabarrus County Schools, and Kannapolis City Schools.
Contact: Lyne Goode (Cabarrus Partnership for Children) - 704-933-8278.
- Provider Training (CPR & SIDS)
Local & National Resources
Provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers working full-time in infant-toddler classrooms in North Carolina.
- Child Care Resources, Inc
Training and Technical Assistance and help with Star Rated License and help with starting a new program. Funded by the State of NC to provide these services in Cabarrus County.
- Child Care Resources Training Calendar (Scroll down the page and select the button that says "Training Catalog")
- CONNECT Courses
Courses designed to build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, the relevance and quality of content, and feedback.
- Department of Human Services (Cabarrus County DHS)
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, contact Cabarrus County DHS at (704) 920-1400. For reports after hours, contact the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at (704) 920-3000.
- ECE Shared Resources NC
With ECE Shared Resources NC, you will be able to obtain deep discounts on a wide array of goods and services including child products, office and school supplies, food and beverages, telecommunications, uniforms, human resources and hiring, marketing and promotions, payment processing, facilities management, fundraising, consulting services, and more.
- Early Childhood Research & Reference Portal
Provides access to a variety of primary sources, research and reference materials for individuals at all levels of the system: administrators, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, families and advocates for young children with special needs.
- Innovative Approaches - Teacher Resource Page
Works to improve the service systems for children and youth with special health care needs.
- NC Child Care Coalition
The NC Child Care Coalition is dedicated to advancing the quality and affordability of early care and education for young children, their families, and communities.
- NCDHHS: Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
From the main dropdown menu, hover over "Provider" and select the page/resource that you are looking for.
- NC Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP)
Available to help families, caregivers, and professionals serve children, ages birth to three, who have special needs.
Educational stipends for working scholars