Professional Development

Honoring Excellence in the Early Childhood Profession 2018

The Partnership is pleased to recognize the following early childhood staff members for earning educational degrees:

Myra Bratton, Childcare Network #240         Bachelors of Science                       WCU 

Natashia Janke, Precious Moments             Associate of Applied Science        Liberty University

Dana Marston, Carolina Kids Club              Associate of Applied Science          Gaston College

Doreen Melton, First Baptist-Lincoln           Associate of Applied Science           Gaston College

Yuki Miller, Childcare Network #99             Associate of Applied Science            JSCC 

Taylor Parker, Toddler Time                       Associate of Applied Science            Gaston College

Queontra Thorne, New Horizons               Associate of Applied Science            Gaston College

Jennifer Wilson, First Baptist-Gaston        Associate of Applied Science            Gaston College

Linda Wingate, First Baptist-Lincoln          Associate of Applied Science            Gaston College

The Partnership is pleased to announce that the following child care facilities have increased their quality star ratings:

Forney’s Fun House (Lincoln)           Delouise Forney, Owner                    One→Four Stars

4 Kidz Only (Gaston)                         Debra Shabazz, Owner                       Temporary→Three Stars

Little Hearts and Hands (Lincoln)     Brandy Yoder, Director                      Three→Four Stars

My Little Blessings (Gaston)             Sandra Vinson, Owner                       Temporary→3 Stars   


Individual Professional Development Program (IPDP)

Individual Professional Development Program (IPDP) helps teachers provide the best quality care for young children through incentive awards.

It is limited to teaching staff, family child care home providers and child care center directors.professional development

This program provides financial incentives to early childhood professionals for completing college courses.

This program is provided by PFCLG. For more information, call 704-922-0900.

Child Care WAGE$

child care wagesChild Care WAGE$ provides incentives to early childhood professionals to increase teacher education levels and decrease turnover.

This service helps increase compensation, retention and education.

WAGE$ is administered by the Child Care Services Association


teach logoIn 1990, Child Care Services Association created the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Project to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® provides educational scholarships to early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system.

For questions regarding T.E.A.C.H., please contact Edith Locke
at 919-967-3272,

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