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The Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides services, advocates and collaborates with others to ensure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five, so they can reach their health, developmental, and educational potential. We support local families and children through Smart Start, North Carolina's award-winning early childhood initiative.

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  • NC Pre-K Lincoln
    Lincoln County RESIDENTS ONLY

    NC Pre-K is a state funded, community-based North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program. This program offers high quality educational experiences for eligible 4 year olds and enhances school readiness.

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  • Spooktacular
    14th Annual SPOOKtacular

    Spooktacular returns to WoodMill Winery on October 29 and offers children and their families hours of FREE entertainment, hands-on activities, trick-or-treating and a hot dog lunch.

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  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
    Dolly Parton Imagination Library

    The Partnership is excited to be sharing Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with even more children in Lincoln and Gaston Counties, targeting the following zip codes in Lincoln County: 28092, 28033 & 28021 and in Gaston County: 28016, 28021, 28052, 28054, 28077 & 28101.

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  • Triple P
    Triple P

    Is a program that teaches parents developmentally appropriate parenting practices that support positive parent/child interactions. It serves as a centralized source of support for parents of children ages birth through five. Click below and learn more about this program today!

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  • Quality Sustainablity
    Quality Early Care & Education

    The quality sustainability program provides financial support to sustain four and five star facilities that meet high quality indicators. In addition, participating facilities receive on-site technical assistance and staff training to sustain high quality.

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  • NC Pre-K Gaston
    Gaston County RESIDENTS ONLY

    NC Pre-K is a state funded, community-based North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program. This program offers high quality educational experiences for eligible 4 year olds and enhances school readiness.

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  • Reach Out and Read

    What is Reach Out and Read?

    Reach Out and Read prepares Lincoln and Gaston County's youngest children for success in school by partnering with doctors who will prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

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  • Smart Start
    Smart Start

    Was created in 1993 as a solution to a problem: children were coming to school unprepared to learn. It is a network of 76 nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children.

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  • Child Care Health Consultants
    Child Care Health Consultants

    This service helps local centers/homes to adopt State-recommended health and safety policies and teach staff to implement them. Two North Carolina-certified Child Care Health Consultants work to improve the health, safety and nutrition of children ages birth to five attending licensed child care centers and family child care homes in Lincoln & Gaston Counties.

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    Family Support Awareness

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           Contact:  Rosalind Richardson, Early Literacy Specialist, Community Outreach Coordinator,

    Date: February 7, 2022                              Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 704-922-0900


    February is Family Support Awareness Month

    Dallas, NC – The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties (Partnership) is pleased to announce that February is Family Support Awareness Month, as proclaimed by Governor Cooper. The Partnership uses Smart Start funding to support programs serving children and families in Lincoln & Gaston Counties. Their impact on each of our communities has been remarkable.

    The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse supports children who have experienced abuse and neglect along with their non-offending family members. Against the backdrop of a home-like setting, child victims experience the LCCAC as a safe space where they along with their families receive support to navigate the system and access the professionals and services they need in one place.  Smart Start funds pay for a forensic interviewer and victim advocacy and counseling services for children birth to age five and their families. The LCCAC has both transformed the way our community responds to child abuse and neglect, and helped victims experience safety and healing. To find out more about the LCCAC, visit View a powerful video here to learn more about the impact of this program.

    “It is so important to all of our children who fall victim that we have the types of support that children receive in a child advocacy center.” ~ A grateful parent

    In Gaston County, the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), operated by the NC Cooperative Extension, Gaston County Center, is a collaboration among county organizations to support all parents and families. Through individual support and group training, the Triple P approach promotes children’s development and behavior management based on positive attention and communication. Priority is given to parents or caregivers of children birth to age five, and those who have been identified as being at high risk for child abuse or neglect. Research shows that many parents and caregivers who have successfully completed the program develop critical skills to be positive and effective parents for the long term. To find out more about the Gaston County Triple P Program, visit

    Upon completion, one parent shared, “This [Triple P] program is a huge help…it has helped me realize many different skills to use in my everyday life, as well as helping me and my son grow together!”

    To learn more about the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties and NC Smart Start, visit and


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