Provider Appreciation Day - May 12

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed May 12, 2023 as Provider Appreciation Day.

Child care provides a safe, nurturing place for the enrichment and development of millions of children nationwide, and is a vital force in our local economy. In Cabarrus County alone, there are 968 child care providers actively caring for around 3,777 children.

Child care programs, which are mostly small businesses, run and staffed predominantly by women, are still recovering from health and financial hardships stemming from the pandemic while still continuing to meet the needs of our local families. The pandemic illuminated how indispensable child care providers are for the well-being and economic security of Cabarrus County’s young children, families and communities.

The Cabarrus County Partnership for Children provides support to our local child care providers through training, support and by connecting them with the resources they need to ensure every child in their care is receiving high-quality care.

Thank you to our child care providers for making sure our children are safe and cared for.

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Waynett Taylor Receives 2023 Karen W. Ponder Award

Waynett Taylor was presented the 2023 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award during a special ceremony on April 27 at the 2023 Smart Start Conference in Greensboro, NC. In attendance was Karen Ponder, former president of the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) and Waynett got to meet her. Amy Cubbage, the President of the NCPC presented the award to Waynett.

The Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award was created in honor of Karen W. Ponder, the first president of NCPC and is presented annually to one local partnership nominee. All 100 NC counties are eligible to submit nominations but only one recipient is selected. This award recognizes exceptional leadership which has resulted in bettering the lives of young children and families across North Carolina. It recognizes the contribution of community volunteers (advocates, civic leaders, faith leaders, etc.). Nominees must exemplify a passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families and have the ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.

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Charlie's Kids Awards Book Donation to the Partnership

The Cabarrus County Partnership has been selected for a grant to receive a large donation of "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books by Charlie's Kids, an organization advocating safe sleep to prevent infant death.

Since 2014, "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" has been the most beloved and shared safe sleep education product, with over 4 million copies in circulation. Charlie's Kids will be donating 12 cases of "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books in English and 4 cases of books in Spanish to assist the Cabarrus Partnership for Children in its efforts to educate families on safe sleep for babies.

SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between ages 1 month and 1 year.

Every year, around 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly while they're sleeping. Most of these tragic deaths are due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation (Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP,

"Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books will be distributed to families with newborn babies in Cabarrus County.

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Dr. Russell Suda Receives Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award

Substance Use Network (SUN Project) founder, Dr. Russell Suda, was awarded the 2022 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award by the North Carolina Partnership for Children during a special ceremony on May 24, 2022 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Concord, NC where community partners, patients, and leaders gathered to celebrate this honor. Patients who had successfully turned their lives around shared how Dr. Suda had supported them in their recovery journey as he stood next to them holding their baby. A representative from Senator Thom Tillis’ office came and read a letter congratulating Dr. Suda and Cabarrus county for this work and honor.

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