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.

Programs and Services We Offer:

  • Cabarrus County Provider Training/Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Incredible Years
    Provide screenings; Incredible Years Training on Classroom Management and coaching and support, also provide support to teachers and families; technical assistance to teachers and directors; play therapy; professional development; and inclusion services to support children with challenging behaviors; as well as children with special needs enrolled with typically developing children. Thompson Child and Family Focus provide this program.
    Contact: Tanisha Jones (Thompson Child and Family Focus) - 704-817-1622.

  • Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
    A strategy we use to support parents, caregivers and the children in their care, getting them the child development information and social connections they want for themselves and their children.
    Contact: Tanisha Jones (Thompson Child and Family Focus) - 704-817-1622.

  • NC Pre-Kindergarten
    The NC Pre-Kindergarten Program provides a free high quality pre-kindergarten education for 389 four year olds who may not have been able to access a high quality program to be prepared for kindergarten. 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.

  • 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.

Local & National Resources

  • AWARD$
    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. Contact: 704.376.6697
    - Child Care Resources Training Calendar (Scroll down to "Training Calendar" section and click "Download Training Calendar")
    - Healthy Social Behaviors: Call 704-376-6697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with the Healthy Social Behavior Program.

  • 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.

  • ECE Shared Resources NC
    Wish you could access the volume pricing of the big school systems or large chains and other businesses? Now you can! 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.

  • 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.

  • NC Licensed Child Care Association (NCLCCA)
    Serves as a liaison between child care centers and the agencies and regulatory bodies who have oversight.

  • Region 6 Social Emotional Resource List

  • T.E.A.C.H.
    Educational stipends for working scholars

  • Vroom for Professionals
    Free, easy-to-use learning tips for children 5 and under.

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