Partnership for Children


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Training Workshop Pre-Registration Procedure Training

Effective July 1, 2014

·Pre-register early to ensure space as a participant.

·Pre-registration is required for all trainings workshops.
·Pre-registration must be completed by the participant only and should include his/her work and/or personal telephone number as well as their home and email addresses.
·Pre-registration must be completed 48 hours (excluding weekends) prior to the scheduled training workshop by visiting our website at and clicking on the calendar or by calling the Partnership office at 704-922-0900.
·A minimum of ten (10) registrants are required for conducting a training workshop.
·If the training workshop is full, persons may choose to have their name added to the waiting list.  If so, their telephone number and email address will need to be provided for future communication. If there is a cancellation by a pre-registered participant, the person(s) on the waiting list will be contacted by the Executive Assistant via phone call to determine their interest in attending the training workshop.  If interested, and as long as vacancies exist, the person(s) on the waiting list will be advised of their registration for the training workshop.
·If no pre-registration has been completed, persons may be admitted to the training workshop if class size permits and for a late registration fee of $25 that is to be paid to the Partnership, not to the trainer. Credit for the training workshop will not be provided nor will the person(s) be able to register for future training workshops until the late registration fee has been paid.
·Cancellation of a participant’s registration will be accepted without fee if made prior to 48 hours (excluding weekends) of the scheduled training workshop.
·A $10.00 fee will be assessed to the participant if cancellation is made less than 48 hours (excluding weekends) of the scheduled training workshop. This fee must be paid before the participant can register for a future training/workshop.  In addition, if the individual has pre-registered for any additional training workshop(s), their pre-registration for these future training workshop(s) will be cancelled.
·The Partnership reserves the right to cancel a scheduledtraining workshop and will notify registrants by phone of the cancellation prior to the date of the training workshop.
·Workshops start promptly at the scheduled time. Once a workshop has begun, late arrivals will not be permitted to enter.
·Please refrain from use of cell phones during training workshop sessions.

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.


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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Boogie with Books in the Park Phillips Center
Boogie with Books in the Park
What: Boogie with Books in the Park
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 2031 Echo Lane, Gastonia, NC 28052
Every child will receive a free book and a Buckle Bear (while supplies last).
There will be activities, storytellers and an Emcee to get the kids up and moving between story times. Grab your blanket, pack a lunch, and join us for a free fun-filled family event! There will also be face painting, and popcorn!
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