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Funding Opportunity





The Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc. the local non-profit agency administering early childhood initiatives in Cleveland County including Smart Start, NC Pre-K, and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, is accepting applications for the provision of services to children who will be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2024 in NC Pre-K classrooms throughout Cleveland County. Each eligible temporary, four, or five star licensed child care center will receive a NC Pre-K Site Application packet via email.


Cleveland County Partnership for Children serves as the local Contract Administrator for the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program.  NC Pre-K funds will provide high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom experiences for eligible four-year-old children.  NC Pre-K classrooms are located in a variety of settings, including private childcare facilities and Cleveland County Schools sites which meet the NC Pre-K Program Standards.


Program Requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Temporary, Four or Five Star Licensure

  • A teacher holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related degree and holding (or be willing to work toward) B-K certification

  • An assistant teacher with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Level III Administrator or a Level II Administrator with evidence of enrollment to complete the Level III credential


The Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc. will hold an Information Session via Zoom on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 6:00 pm. In order to participate in the Information Session,, potential offerors must confirm their intention to attend, by emailing the NC Pre-K Director, Sammi Bailes, at no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2024.


Assistance in completing application packets will be available by appointment.  The completed NC Pre-K application packets must be submitted to the Cleveland County Partnership for Children, 1205 Northside Drive, Shelby, NC  28150 and must be received no later than 5:00pm on April 15, 2024.


The Cleveland County Partnership for Children reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals or to waive any informality in proposals.

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