Partnership for Children

704.922.0900

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Welcome

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is a nonprofit organization that provides services for local families and children through Smart Start, North Carolina's award-winning early childhood initiative.

 

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties works to:

  • Assure that high quality child care is available for families in our service area.
  • Assure healthcare is available for children birth to five.
  • Ensure that parents are supported and strengthened in their role as their children's primary caregivers.
  • Promote communication and collaboration, and provide assessment and evaluation of programs that target families with young children to ensure a true Partnership for Children in Lincoln and Gaston counties.


The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties:

  • administers North Carolina's Smart Start funds for programs that benefit children ages 0-5 years and their families
  • is a catalyst for bringing different groups together for the sake of children
  • educates the community on the critical needs of young children and helps develop solutions to those needs.
 

News

CommunityOne Bank Donates to Partnership for Children
Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties would like to thank CommunityOne Bank for their recent donation of $2,000 supporting the Partnership for Children.
The check was presented to the Partnership’s Executive Director, Michael Linker.
 
Pictured is: 
Reggie Gaither of CommunityOne Bank and Partnership for Children Executive Director, Michael Linker.
 
 
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November Board Meeting
Thank you to Valerie Yatko, Director of the Office of Business & Community Partnerships at Gaston County Schools for attending the November Board meeting. We appreciate the plaque and loved our collaboration of handing out books to children in the school system! Pictured is Ms. Yatko, Partnership Board Chair, Tammy Kane and Executive Director, Michael Linker.

 
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Partnership honors local teachers

Pictured are those who were recognized at our Board meeting on Oct. 6.
Left to right: Michael Linker, Executive Director at the Partnership for Children; Sandra Ng with Ms. Janice’s Daycare who obtained her associates degree in Early Childhood Education; Lola Brooks with Childcare Network #99  who just published a children’s book; Kim Ward with Partnership for Children who obtained her associates degree in Education and Tammy Kane, Board Chair.
Not pictured is Marsha Furr with the Grace School who received her associates degree in Early Childhood Education
Congratulations to all!
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TV Raffle Winner
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties announced that Dr. Cordell Scott of Lincolnton is the raffle winner of a Samsung 46” LED Smart TV.
Money from the raffle will support Early Childhood Literacy. 
Pictured is Michael Linker, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties and Dr. Cordell Scott of Lincolnton.
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Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties Seventh Annual Family Spooktacular
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties seventh annual Family Spooktacular was held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 and had an attendance of approximately 2,000 children and family members.

Activities at the WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale, included trunk or treat, face painting, and a fitness trail. The local ambulance, fire truck and Inmate Transport Van were also at the grounds to educate children. 

The event was geared toward families with young children and helped raise awareness of the Partnership’s services.

Parents were able to learn more about the different Smart Start funded projects which include, the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center, the Very Important Parents Program, and the Child Care Health Consultants from Lincoln and Gaston Counties.

Various activities returned this year including the Tumblebus and Seamore, a fun-tastic inflatable provided by Twist and Tuck in Lincolnton. The fitness trail was back and 1,000 books were handed out at the end of the trail. Free hotdogs were provided to 1,900 patrons!

We would like to thank our Sponsors that helped make our event a success! They are:

5 star/event sponsor: Röchling Engineering Plastics
4 star: WoodMill Winery
3 star: CommunityOne Bank
2 star: Sysco Food Services
1 star : Abbott Building Service, Inc.; Dallas Optimist Club; Early Childhood Professionals; Jantize America; Lincoln County Parks & Recreation; Mast, Evans & Isenhour, L.L.P.; Park Sterling Bank; In Honor of Partnership Staff; The Teacher Box; Truliant Federal Credit Union; Dr. William D. White, D.D.S.

In addition, Thanks to our other contributors:
Aaron’s Sales & Lease; Carolina Federal Credit Union; Gaston Learning Academy; Hardee’s; Jamco Beauty Supplies; Lowe’s Home Improvement of Gastonia; Pepsi Bottling Group; Rhyne Financial; and Texas Roadhouse.

Thank you to our volunteers, some which include:
Board members; Gaston County Public Library; Lincoln County Public Library; Child care centers and homes, Emergency services (Lincoln County Sherriff’s Department, Union Fire Department, Lincoln County EMS, etc.), Explorers, community businesses and others for helping to make this year’s event a resounding success.

For more information about the Partnership for Children and Smart Start please call 704-922-0900.
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Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties hosts the Seventh Annual Partnership for Children Family Spooktacular
On Saturday, October 31, 2015 the Partnership for Children will hold the seventh annual Family Spooktacular at the WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale. The event helps to raise awareness of the Partnership for Children’s funded projects.
 
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WoodMill Festival Grounds, located at 1350 WoodMill Winery Lane, Vale.
 
Parents will be able to learn more about the different Smart Start funded projects which focus on raising the quality of child care and education, supporting families and advancing child health for children 0-5 years old. Direct service providers of a Smart Start funded project will have a booth and offer a free children’s activity.
 
There will be games and activities for children of all ages, including a bounce house, a fitness trail, and trunk or treat. A fire truck, police car and ambulance will be on site for the children to view. A FREE hotdog lunch will be provided!
 
The media is invited to attend. 
 
For more information about the Partnership for Children and Smart Start please call 704-922-0900.
 
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