Quality Enhancement & Maintenance

Quality Enhancement and Maintenance targets early childhood professionals in our community and provides services and training to increase and/or maintain star licensure. Partnership staff provide training/assistance to childcare providers in the office and in the field; recommend and deliver developmentally appropriate materials for use in childcare facilities; and promote young children’s issues and the importance of quality in the community.

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Technical Assistance

Early childhood programs can contact the Partnership and request technical assistance.  Staff provide technical assistance the learning environment, rating scales, daily schedule, health, discipline, diapering, room arrangement, indoor/outdoor activities, professional development, healthy social/emotional behavior, sanitation, safety, transitions, and program policy.  The primary goal of all technical assistance is to enhance the quality of care children receive.

To request technical assistance, complete this form  and return to  Karen Gerald.

Regional Specialist

Early education programs can access the following services through our regional Child Care Resource and Referral:

  • Regional Infant and Toddler Enhancement Project provides help for infant and toddler care providers in Region 5 counties. This is a free service offered through North Carolina Division of Child Development for infant/toddler caregivers and programs desiring to improve the quality of care they provide.

  • Regional Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors Project provides assistance to child care providers and programs that care for young children with challenging behaviors. A Behavior Specialist is available to provide this service free to child care providers and programs in Region 5 counties.

  • Regional School-Age Quality Improvement Project offers services to improve the availability and quality of licensed school-age care in Region 5 counties. A School-Age Specialist will provide these services free to school-age caregivers and programs in each of the Region 5 counties.


To request these specialist services, contact Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

Professional Development

Early childhood professionals work together with Partnership staff members to create a plan to guide their career and help you think through the next steps in your professional development.  For more information, please contact the Partnership at 704-694-4036.

Early Educator Certification

If you aren’t currently certified or if your certification needs to be renewed, there is still time to submit your application at a reduced rate! Funding from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant has allowed the EEC fee to be temporarily reduced to $25 for one scale or $35 on on both scales.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Program Scholarships

If you are interested in learning more about the various T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships in North Carolina,  contact a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® counselor at 919-967-3272 or visit the T.E.A.C.H. website to find out which scholarship is best for you.