Welcome to Partners in Learning

PresentationWelcome and thank you for visiting. What you’re looking for in early care and education is right here, from our classrooms, NC Pre-K classrooms, after school care and camp, to family resources, college internships and volunteer opportunities. Partners in Learning was conceived in the spring of 1996 by a grassroots group of individuals that wanted to build a model center that would include typical as well as children with special needs, and implement services that would enrich the lives of children and their families.We are a model center for inclusion, providing early intervention services to young children with special needs, including developmental therapy and special instruction, support groups for families and inclusive classrooms.  Schedule a tour online or contact Deborah Howell at 704-638-9020.

About Us

Situated on the Catawba College campus, Partners In Learning serves as the Model Inclusive Center providing care to children six weeks through five years of age in Rowan County. The Center is a Five Star Licensed, Nationally Accredited Program caring for more than 200 children six weeks through nine years each year. Our organization serves children on-site at Partners in Learning, in childcare centers throughout the community, as well as in the children’s homes. Partners in Learning has established a priority to develop a comprehensive, community-based, family-centered system of care to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. The system is a delicate web of family caregivers, community resources, providers, private payers and public programs.

Partners in Learning is a 5 Star Rated Licensed childcare program providing care for infants through 10 years old in Rowan County. A 5 star rating is the highest license attainable. The North Carolina Star Rated License was established in 1999 to better define the quality of child care in the state and to assist parents in choosing child care. Only 14% of all child care centers in North Carolina hold a 5 star license. NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.

Our Mission & Philosophy

Our mission is to model the highest quality learning environment that stimulates families and the community to provide optimal growth and development of children.Our vision is that families and the community will have the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute significantly to the optimal growth and development of children.

Partners in Learning’s educational philosophy is research-driven, experience-rich and will effectively help young children to learn in a way that is lasting and fosters a life-long love of learning. Research tells us, and our own experience proves that children learn best by discovering and constructing their own knowledge through hands-on fun learning experiences  i.e….meaningful play.

How You Can Support Partners in Learning

Because Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization, support for our programs and services come from several different outlets in the community. Following is a list of ways that you can support Partners, and make a difference in the lives of some our community’s most vulnerable children. Learn more about donation opportunities here.

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It is indeed that time again, folks! On Friday, November 13 from 11am to 7pm, we will be hosting our BBQ chicken fundraiser. An $8.00 donation supports the Partners in Learning Scholarship Fund. If you would like to purchase tickets, call 704-638-9020 or email info@epartnersinlearning.org. The menu,...

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  • Help your child develop independence in dressing, eating and personal hygiene.
  • Provide opportunities to play with other children.
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