Waynett Taylor Recognized for Exceptional Contributions to Early Education

Waynett Taylor, Executive Director and Inclusion Specialist at P.U.R.E. Excellence, has been honored with the Karen W. Ponder 2023 Leadership Award by the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC). This statewide award recognizes Taylor for her exceptional contributions to early childhood education in Cabarrus County.

Taylor was nominated for the award because of her long-term dedication to developing community partners and for her persistent advocacy for child care programs that benefit Cabarrus County’s youngest children, their parents, and their teachers.

Upon her arrival in Cabarrus County, Taylor began to ask questions, listen, and respond to the needs of our youngest children in the community and their child care providers. Since then, Taylor and the professional leadership of the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children (CCPC) have continuously identified, developed, and evaluated the programs considered to be the most critical for young children in Cabarrus County.

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Early Head Start Open Application Event

The Early Head Start program administered by Save the Children will be holding an open application event on Tuesday, September 12 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The program will be enrolling children ages 0-3 years old for Early Head Start (birthdays starting September 1, 2020 please apply).

EVENT Details:

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm


  • Concord residents: 310 Kerr St NW, Concord, NC 28025 | Ph: 980-777-1462
  • Kannapolis residents: 505 East C St, Kannapolis, NC 28083 | pH: 704-750-0323

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Kindergarten Training Camp

Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in 2023?

Find a Kindergarten Training Camp session at all five Cabarrus County Public Libraries this July!

Join the fun and get ready for kindergarten! They will be reading some super stories, playing silly games, and offering lots of fun while preparing rising kindergarteners for an exciting year in school.

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Provider Appreciation Day - May 12

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed May 12, 2023 as Provider Appreciation Day.

Child care provides a safe, nurturing place for the enrichment and development of millions of children nationwide, and is a vital force in our local economy. In Cabarrus County alone, there are 968 child care providers actively caring for around 3,777 children.

Child care programs, which are mostly small businesses, run and staffed predominantly by women, are still recovering from health and financial hardships stemming from the pandemic while still continuing to meet the needs of our local families. The pandemic illuminated how indispensable child care providers are for the well-being and economic security of Cabarrus County’s young children, families and communities.

The Cabarrus County Partnership for Children provides support to our local child care providers through training, support and by connecting them with the resources they need to ensure every child in their care is receiving high-quality care.

Thank you to our child care providers for making sure our children are safe and cared for.

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Waynett Taylor Receives 2023 Karen W. Ponder Award

Waynett Taylor was presented the 2023 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award during a special ceremony on April 27 at the 2023 Smart Start Conference in Greensboro, NC. In attendance was Karen Ponder, former president of the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) and Waynett got to meet her. Amy Cubbage, the President of the NCPC presented the award to Waynett.

The Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award was created in honor of Karen W. Ponder, the first president of NCPC and is presented annually to one local partnership nominee. All 100 NC counties are eligible to submit nominations but only one recipient is selected. This award recognizes exceptional leadership which has resulted in bettering the lives of young children and families across North Carolina. It recognizes the contribution of community volunteers (advocates, civic leaders, faith leaders, etc.). Nominees must exemplify a passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families and have the ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.

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