Welcome to Partners in Learning

Welcome 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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What’s New on the Blog?

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But do I have too?

image   "Homework, it's awful, it's dreadful, it's a pain in the neck, but you gotta do it." Those are the words I utter to my son every afternoon when he slumps down in the kitchen chair...

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"Snow Days at the Center"

With schools being out due to the snowy weather we had this past week, our after-school program remained open.  Not knowing if the school systems were going to be closed or not each day, we didn't go on any field trips but we did...

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Sensory Processing and Behavior

  Do you suspect your child is overly sensitive to loud noises, crowds or bright lights? Does your child have meltdowns when over-stimulated by the environment? Join us for a support group event on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Partners in Learning. sensory processing and behavior workshopLearn how to recognize sensory sensitivity and develop strategies for helping your child manage emotions. We will have guest speaker, Ashley Deaton, OTD, OTR/L from One Step at a Time Therapy and Footprints in the Community. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.  Contact Katherine Generaux at katherine@epartnersinlearning.org for more information.

Registration for Sensory Processing and Behavior on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30pm

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Sign Language Workshop

Did you think sign language was only for the hearing impaired? Join us for "Essential Signs", a support group event, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. essential signs support groupHere are just some of the ways sign language can benefit your child:

  • Improves small motor skills
  • Builds overall communication skills
  • Brain development – It’s a second language
  • Improves attention
  • Helps to eliminate tantrums and other behavior challenges
You’ll be introduced to basic signs that will be useful in both the classroom and in the everyday settings. Contact Katherine Generaux at katherine@epartnersinlearning.org for more information. REGISTER BELOW.

Registration for "Essential Signs" on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30pm

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Skateland Adventures

skating 2What better way to have fun on a day of no school than going on field trips?  This past week on winter break, our school agers went to Skateland.

Oh. My. Goodness!  For many, it was their first time skating.  With limited holders to help them skate, they had to take turns, hold onto the walls, or a teacher would help.  Well, fall down with. The kids had a hard time at first, but they never gave up! Fall after fall after fall, didn't discourage them.

Skating is GREAT indoor excersise.   There probably isn't a muscle you don't use.  Hearing the kids say "I broke my arm" when they're moving it all around, or "I can't sit down, my bottoms broke," knowing it's a bruised tailbone after falling on their bottom time after time, are signs that the kids aren't giving up when times get tough.  What determined kids Partners In Learning have! Providing these experiences for children, and experiencing it with them (there were more laughs than cries, trust me!), is one of the many reasons why I love being a School Age Coordinator.  The more interactive you are with children, the stronger the bond you will have with them.

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She get it from her mama...

I don't know about you, but when I first gave birth to my children, I smiled a little when people would say " oh, they have your eyes, hair, smile, etc..." As they got older, Konnor is so funny like his mother...

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CSEFEL Training Opportunity

Is challenging behavior in your classroom driving you crazy?!! Join us on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 8:30am -3:00pm at Partners in Learning for CSEFEL Training. This is a training class for teachers, directors, and administrative staff. You will discover ideas for reducing challenging behaviors by:

  • Understanding...

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Hakuna Matata

PIL is the place to be for school out days.... "No worries!" As many schools are closed January 18 through January 20, 2016, send your kiddies to Partners in Learning for full days of fun! Monday- Wake Up, Leonardo! Tuesday- Skateland Wednesday- Dance Off! Register below or contact...

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