Cleveland County Partnership For Children

PARTNER - GROW- SUCCEED

Our Vision

Healthy children and families that are equipped with the resources needed to build strong foundations that enable children to be successful, life-long learners. 

Our Mission

  • Partner with families, the community, and childcare centers to provide resources and support. 

  • Improve the lives of children and families at every stage of early childhood development.

  • Allocate resources to meet the needs of our early childhood care and learning community. 

Diverse Kindergarten

Our Story

Cleveland County Partnership for Children is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) that started in 1993 as one of North Carolina's first 12 Smart Start Partnerships. Since this partnership began, our goal has been to form collaborative partnerships with families, child care providers, schools, businesses, local government agencies, organizations, and the faith-based community to make resources and programs readily available for parents and children in our community. Through the years, our resources and programs have reached thousands of children and families across Cleveland County. Our hope is that the services and supports we provide will enable our children to build strong health and learning foundations that will prepare them to succeed in life. 

Meet The Team

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Shannon White, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Tina Dellinger, JD,

Assistant Director/

Contract Director

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Tonya Luckadoo, BBA

Fiscal Officer

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Sammi Bailes, BS

NC Pre-K Program Director

Vacant 

NC Pre-K Program Assistant Director

Johanna Gillespie, BS

Early Head Start Director

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Stephenie Freeman

Finance Assistant

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Stephanie Fields, BSN

Early Head Start

Health Coordinator

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Brooke Aldridge, BS

Education Coordinator

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Melissa Waters, BA

ERSEA Coordinator

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Billie Mitchell, AAS

Early Head Start Family Coordinator

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Maggie Singleton, BSW

Early Head Start Family & Disabilities Coordinator

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Sherri Sharpe, MA

Early Head Start Family Coordinator

Vacant

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Coordinator

Miranda White 

Administrative Assistant

Betty Crow Kennedy, Board Chair & Community Leader

Andrea Leslie-Fite, JD, Secretary/Treasurer - Attorney at Law, City of Shelby

Thomas McGhee, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Brittany Jones, Cleveland County Library

Dana Gill, Owner of Jump Start Day Care

Hugh Sandoe, Cleveland County Government

Gina Carter, Executive Director of Childcare Connections 

Robin Brackett, State Farm Insurance

Katie Swanson, Director of Cleveland County DSS

Katina Wray-Smith, Owner of Berryland Clubhouse 1 & 2 and Connected Kids CDC

Dr. Rita Chen - Pediatrician, Shelby Children's Clinic

Paula Peeler, Director, Office of School Readiness, CCS

Kerri Melton, Assistant County Manager, Cleveland County Government

Heather Horton, CDSA

Sandra Jenkins, Human Resources, STI

Leslie Cobb, President & CEO of United Way of Cleveland County

Dashe' Lawton, Cleveland County Public Health Center

Kay McWhirter, Instructor, Cleveland Community College

Rev. Les Howard, Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Wes Cogdill, His Way at Work

Bonnie Beam, Adjunct Professor, Gardner Webb

Tamara Goforth, Cleveland County Schools

Tonya Arrington, Cleveland County Schools

Our Board Members