CBRSPartners In Learning provides Community-Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) in Rowan and surrounding couties to children ages birth to 3-years-old. We serve the following counties Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry,Union, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, and Yadkin.

Learn more about the state’s Infant Toddler program and CBRS. The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program is a variety of agencies working together to provide early intervention services for children ages birth to three who have special needs and their families. Early intervention services help young children grow and develop and support their families in caring for them. The agencies responsible for early intervention in our area are called Children’s Developmental Services Agencies. Children enrolled in the Infant-Toddler Program may be eligible for a variety of services, including evaluations, service coordination, assistive technology, and specialized therapies. Early inervention serves South Charlotte and Union County and is on the provider lists of boththe Mecklenburg County Children’s Developmental Services Agency (Carlton Watkins Center) and Concord Children’s Developmental Services Agency. A child may be eligible therapy services on a sliding scale through their county and state. For more information on North Carolina Early Intervention Program and Children’s Developmental Services Agencies, please see www.ncei.org.

Community-Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS.) is developmental intervention uniquely designed to enhance cognitive, physical, behavioral, self-help, social-emotional, and language skills. This rehabilitative therapy for infants and toddlers is play with a purpose. CBRS is one service available to support children and families from birth to age three who have been determined eligible by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program.

In addition to CBRS for birth to three year olds, we also offer a similar service for children over age three. We will address your child’s needs in your home or in their preschool environment; assist in working toward improved participation and performance across all areas of development.

Through CBRS, professionals will work with your child and family as a team to build a plan of supports and services for desired outcomes related to your child’s development. The team members will share with you information and resources, and identify strategies and activities related to the outcomes. This plan will become the foundation for your child’s success.

Therapists travel to the child’s home or center to assist both the child and the caregiver of children ages birth to three years of age. Funding availability determines both the length and visits once per week for one hour. The primary interventionist works with transdisciplinary team members to plan and implement activities based on each child’s needs. The team includes the expertise of an early childhood special education teacher, a speech-language and motor therapist and the consultation services of a licensed psychologist and social worker. Progress is documented on an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). For more information contact your local Children’s Developmental Services Agency.

Local CDSA Contacts

CONCORD Children’s Developmental Services Agency (Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, Union)

Gale Coor, Director
Children’s Developmental Services Agency
1065 Vinehaven Drive
Concord, NC 28025

Fax: 704-792-9198


Amos Cottage
3325 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone 336-713-7412
Fax 336-713-7837

123 W. Center St. Extension, Lexington, NC 27292
Phone 336-224-6990
Fax 336-224-6998

Contact us today to learn more about our services.


CBRS Therapists

Amie Sides

Aammie-sidesmie has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has been serving children in their homes for the past year. She is committed to her growth in the field and has exhibited that through the 50 plus training hours she has done in early intervention this year. Amie works hard to ensure that communication is open with all families. Children are naturally drawn to her warm personality. She is always striving to find new strategies for the child and families to meet their goals. Amie has made it a priority to become knowledge of all the resources in her community to better assist the families in meeting their goals.


Beverly Maurice

BeverlyAs a parent, tutor, previous Sunday school teacher, previous babysitter, a previously registered CNA and a recent graduate of Catawba College (majoring in Therapeutic Recreation), Beverly is passionate about working to improve the quality of other people’s lives. With a clear understanding of the benefits of play therapy to infants and toddlers, Beverly is confident and comfortable with working with these young children. Beverly’s goal is to strengthen the minds and bodies of children with special needs by providing developmentally age appropriate play activities to each individual child. Furthermore, Beverly understands the importance of working with the families and other caregivers as part of a total team effort.



Deborah Howell

Deborah-HowellDeborah Howell is the Program Coordinator at Partners In Learning and has provided CBRS since 2005. Deborah has her BS in Human Development and Family Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Early Care and Education and is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Deborah has a special interest in working with infants and their families.





Jeannie Anthony

jeanie_1Jeannie is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College. She has a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also attended the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green to continue her studies of Infant Toddler Development. Jeannie worked many years at the Concord CDSA as a Case Manager before deciding to work solely as a Play Therapist.








Norma Honeycutt

Norma-Website-PhotoNorma Honeycutt is the supervisor for our Community Based Services. She has also been providing CBRS since 2004. Norma has her BA Degree in Child and Family Development and is working toward a Masters in Leadership in Early Care and Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Norma has extensive experience in working with children on the autism spectrum and is able to offer families new strategies to assist their child in reaching their goals.





Katie Zink

Katie-ZinkI am a graduate of Catawba College. I have been with Partners since August 2009 and I LOVE IT! Getting to know all of the children, parents, and my co-workers has been an awesome experience. I have found that children are my life’s passion.






Martesha Cheek

Martesha-Chee-CBRSI am a proud mother of one. I have worked with children with and without disabilities for over ten years. I have studied respirtory therapy and early childhood education however, I earned my BS degree from Winston-Salem State University majoring in therapeutic recreation. Early in life, I discovered my love for children and older adults, I like to call myself an advocate for persons of all ages who have some type of disability. I am a firm believer in person (child) first language. I find it very rewarding to be apart of any positive progression that is accomplished in the lives of the children and families we serve.





Suzanne Koontz

suzanne-koontzSuzanne is highly motivated and has continued to be persistent about her desire to work as a CBRS provider for Partners In Learning. All of her references are glowing, including comments from her supervisor at Winston-Salem State University Child Development Center and Lab School where she received her BA Degree in Child and Family Development. She stated that Suzanne had wonderful interactions with the children and families, was trustworthy, strong interpersonal skills and was very well organized. Suzanne has been providing CBRS for Partners In Learning since 2009.







Jtan Whisenant

Jtan_1I am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Special Education.  I started teaching at Overton Elementary in 1984. I taught at Overton for 27 years and Southeast Middle for 3 years. I retired October 31, 2013.  I am spending my retirement keeping my granddaughter and serving as an Infant Toddler Specialist for PIL. My husband David and I are members of First Baptist Church of Salisbury. I am an avid reader and I love gardening.





Nory Poole

NoryI worked at Partners In Learning from 1998 to 2009 and presently work for Price Head Start since 2010, as four years lead teacher. I rejoined the PIL family again in 2013 as an Infant Toddler Family Service Provider. I am proud to be a part of the PIL family because it serves as a model inclusive center that impacts the children’s life and the community. I have a Bachelor degree in Administrative Engineering from Peru, my native country, and a Bachelor degree in Birth thru Kindergarten Education from Catawba College. I have gained a true passion for working with young children and their families because I love to help them learn, grow, and develop to their fullest potential. My husband Robert and I have a daughter, Karina, who graduated from UNC Charlotte with a major in Business Management. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, walking, planting flowers, reading, and spending time with family and friends.







CoxI have  worked  with a diverse population of young children for over 20 years, and recently retired as a full-time teacher of preschool children with special needs.  I have a teaching license in birth-kindergarten, as well as music education.  I specialize in working with children with autism and have an advanced certification in the use of DIR/Floor time.  This approach considers the developmental levels, individual differences, and relationships of children in helping them through play and their natural routines.



megan 2Megan McIntyre, Lead Teacher

I have been working at Partners in Learning since June 2004. I have been a part of the PIL for more than 8 years now and love teaching children. I have a passion for children with special needs, but love the challenge every child brings. Each and every child brings something new and excited no matter what age they are. I have work with all age’s birth-pre K. I was a Toddler teacher for more than 5 years, just this past year I changed age groups to working with the Pre-K. I graduated from West Rowan High School in 2004. I currently have an AAS in Business Administration from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and I also have a BA in Early Childhood from Catawba. E-mail Megan.