Toddler I – Busy Bees

outdoor-toddlersAs infants grow into toddlers, their worlds become vast and wonderful galaxies to explore. They exhibit boundless energy and inquisitiveness, and every object and every moment is a new learning experience. It is at this stage of development when young minds begin to form meaningful connections to the world in which they live.

Our toddler programs capitalize on this window of opportunity by introducing and constantly reinforcing essential skills and knowledge, building the foundations upon which future learning will occur. Through planned activities and free play, our toddlers are carefully guided as they learn how to communicate, begin to care for themselves, express feelings appropriately, and understand how to play with others and interact appropriately with adults.

During this period, your child will learn skills that include pushing and pulling objects, turning and bending, matching objects by color and size, follow simple one-step directions, and building an early vocabulary.

Our Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers provides a comprehensive framework that emphasizes the relationships between the teachers/caregivers and children and their families form the basis of curriculum for very young children.




Cindy Irvin – Lead TeacherFullSizeRender

My name is Cynthia Irvin, most people call me Cindie. I am married to Brian. We have 3 grown boys, Lee, Lancer, and Trey. We have an amazing daughter-in-law and grandson, Jackson. We have 5 dogs, 2 cats, and fish.  We moved to Salisbury, NC from Darlington, SC in 1999.  I have been in the child care profession for 30+ years. I will be resuming classes at RCCC working towards my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy watching and attending college football games(Clemson), professional football games(Atlanta), and NASCAR(Matt Kenseth). I look forward to getting to know our families and their children while helping to shape their lives. One of my greatest joys is seeing a child do something for the first time, or say words for the first time. I am humbled to be a part of some of these firsts.


Madelin Contrera – Assistant TeacherMadelin Contrera

I graduated from West Rowan High School and decided to continue my education by attending Catawba College. I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree.  I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. I decided to major in Psychology so I could help people. I have always felt that helping individuals in general was my calling. Studying Psychology has given me the knowledge to understand the human behavior. Learning about Psychology has come in handy in raising my four-year-old daughter with my husband. I felt so blessed when I filled out an application with Partners in Learning. I couldn’t believe when Mrs. Norma sent me an email to schedule an appointment for an interview. I was so happy that Mrs. Norma gave me the opportunity to work with toddlers. I’ve never worked in childcare before, but once I interacted with all of the toddlers in the busy bee’s class, I just fell in love. In the near future, I want to help children with disabilities and get my Masters in counseling for the community. I believe that working in Partners in Learning will give me the knowledge I need and the experience I need to continue my education.



Amber Brown

Amber Brown

I am a mother of two boys, Michael who was born in 2009 and Joshua who was born in 2011.  I have been married since 2006 to Jason, who has recently medically retired from the Army after 9 ½ years.  We also have a dog named Gracie and a cat named Peso. I have been working in the childcare field since 2010 when I opened my own daycare out of my house while in the military.  I worked with the school age children while at Fort Polk, LA for almost 2 years.  In Jan 2013, I decided to go back to school for a degree in Early Childhood Development and working towards completing my AAS in Early Childhood Development.  I hope to continue then towards my Bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Teaching the following year.






What Parents Are Saying

“As a parent I enjoy my daughter being in the busy bee’s class at Partners In Learning. The teachers are loving and compassionate. I know my child is safe.”
Demeka Kelly

“Miss Ashley is excellent at communicating with parents and reacting to concerns. Her lesson plans are innovative and she is caring and compassionate towards the children. Miss Ashley is a tremendous asset to PIL. She is proactive and the perfect balance of gentle and firm. I cannot say enough good things about her.”

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