Waynett Taylor, Executive Director and Inclusion Specialist at P.U.R.E. Excellence, has been honored with the Karen W. Ponder 2023 Leadership Award by the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC). This statewide award recognizes Taylor for her exceptional contributions to early childhood education in Cabarrus County.
Taylor was nominated for the award because of her long-term dedication to developing community partners and for her persistent advocacy for child care programs that benefit Cabarrus County’s youngest children, their parents, and their teachers.
Upon her arrival in Cabarrus County, Taylor began to ask questions, listen, and respond to the needs of our youngest children in the community and their child care providers. Since then, Taylor and the professional leadership of the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children (CCPC) have continuously identified, developed, and evaluated the programs considered to be the most critical for young children in Cabarrus County.