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.


Grace School Gives Back
Grace School Gives Back
What: Fundraiser for Boogie with Books, a literacy program sponsored by the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties
(The Grace School & The Sports Page Restaurant in Denver)
Where: The Sports Page Restaurant, 179 Cross Center Road, Denver.  
When: Every Thursday during April  
Dine in or take out at The Sports Page Restaurant every Thursday during April anytime after 4 p.m. Mention to your server that you are a proud supporter of The Grace School and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of proceeds to the Grace School. These funds will then be donated to Boogie with Books. Stay tuned for upcoming dates for these fun-filled family events, where each child will receive a free book (while supplies last.)
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Fundraising Night- Texas Roadhouse and Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties
What: Texas Roadhouse and Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties Fundraising Night 

Where: Texas Roadhouse, 1863 Remount Road (Behind the Hampton Inn), Gastonia, NC 

When: Monday, February 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

Support this cause by presenting this flyer:
Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of your total food purchases to the fundraiser! 
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FY 2014 Annual Reports are now available
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties FY 2014 Annual Reports are now available.
Pick up locations are The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties office, The Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Partnership is proud to present the accomplishments achieved in another year.
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Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties Sixth Annual Family Spooktacular a success
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties sixth annual Family Spooktacular was held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 and had an attendance of approximately 1,500 children and family members. There was over 336 hours of volunteer time dedicated to our event.
Patrons came to enjoy the day’s festivities at the WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale, which 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 Assuring Better Child Health & Development Program, the Very Important Parents Program, and the Lincoln County Child Care Health Consultant.
“The sixth annual Family Spooktacular was a huge success and we are thrilled with the amount of support that we received from the community,” said Mike Linker, Executive Director of the Partnership. “This is by far the best year yet and we hope for it to keep on growing.”
Various activities returned this year including the Tumblebus and Seamore, a fun-tastic inflatable provided by Twist and Tuck in Lincolnton. A free hotdog lunch was provided again this year.
New activities included an exhibit from the Schiele Museum including the following live animals: Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Chilean Rose Tarantula, a Florida Kingsnake and an African Hedgehog. The children loved the animal specimens including the polar bear claw and snake skin. There was also a new wood working area for children. Patrons were taught to make wooden stools and tool boxes. The fitness trail was back with a new reward at the end- a free book to encourage early literacy! Families were thrilled to go home with a book.
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
2 star: PSNC Energy; The Michelsen Group, Inc.
1 star : Abbott Building Service, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Dale and Roberta Burkett; Dallas Optimist Club; Early Childhood Professionals; Jantize America;  Kaplan Early Learning Company;  Lincoln County Parks & Recreation; Mast, Evans & Isenhour, L.L.P.; Park Sterling Bank; In Honor of Partnership Staff; Truliant Federal Credit Union; Watson Insurance.
In addition, Thanks to our other contributors:
Aaron’s Sales & Lease; Carolina Federal Credit Union; Hardee’s; Jamco Beauty Supplies; Pepsi Bottling Group; Rhyne Financial; Sam’s Club
Thank you to our volunteers, some which include:
Our direct service providers; 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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Boogie 9-27-2014
On Saturday, September 27, children came out to Erwin Center in Gastonia to enjoy a day in the park filled with storytelling, dancing and children’s activities.
Boogie with Books in the Park, sponsored by the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties, had an estimated 150 participants. Every child who attended received a free book.
Traci Pollitt, Manager from the Bessemer City/Cherryville Branch libraries said she was so glad that the event happened for children and families.
“Getting books into the hands of children is a very important step towards future literacy. We try every day to do that at the public library, find books for patrons - including children - that instruct, as well as entertain,” she said.
Special thanks to Rob Lowery, Emcee and our storytellers including:
-Mayor John Bridgeman of Gastonia
-All Gaston County Public Library storytellers including: Rene Crump, Traci Pollitt, Celeste Weaver, Michael Webb, and Emily Winfrey
-Rev. Rodney Freeman, Pastor at Mt. Zion Restoration Church in Gastonia  
-Dwayne Burks, Gaston County Faith Network
-Cynthia Stilts, Gaston County Department of Social Services
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Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties hosts the Sixth Annual Partnership for Children Family Spooktacular
On Saturday, October 25, 2014 the Partnership for Children will hold the sixth annual Family Spooktacular at the WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale. The event helps to raise awareness of the Partnership for Children’s funded projects.
“This event allows us the opportunity to educate families of the programs we offer and to stress the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child’s life,” said Mike Linker, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties.
The event will be held from Noon to 4 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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