Who We Are

​Established in 1993 as one of North Carolina's first 12 Smart Start Partnerships and governed by a 21 member Board of Directors, the Cleveland County Partnership for Children is a non-profit 501 (c)3 that is proud to serve a local administrative unit for North Carolina's nationally recognized Smart Start Initiative, which serves children from age birth to five and North Carolina's Pre-K Program, serving eligible four-year olds.

In 2014, CCPFC was awarded a five year Federal grant to implement an Early Head Start program which serves children ages birth to three. 

What We Do​​
The Cleveland County Partnership for Children promotes school readiness by planning and funding programs that help our young children arrive at Kindergarten ready for school success. We form collaborative partnerships with families, child care providers, schools, businesses, local government, agencies, organizations and the faith community to work together on behalf of young children and their families.

Our main focus areas are: Early Childhood Education, Child Health and Safety, Family Support/Parent Education and Community Collaboration.

​​​​Our Vision Statement:​​

All children have the right to a safe and nurturing home and community.

​Families have primary responsibility for their children​​'s development to their maximum potential.

​Our community has the responsibility to make readily available and accessible the resources necessary to enable our families to provide the safe and nurturing home and community.

​The goal is to create a climate emphasizing family values and responsibility in the community, which will promote interdependent living.

​Equal access will be provided for all families and children to proper health care, educational opportunities and all other support services necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy and productive family.

​​Acknowledging that each of us has worth and something positive to share we commit our leadership and continual effort to this goal.​ This commitment will be ongoing until all families in Cleveland County are enjoying the quality of life, we all desire.


​​​Meet the Team

  1. Cathy Taylor
    Cathy Taylor
    Executive Director
  2. Penny Reller
    Penny Reller
    Operations Specialist-Early Head Start
  3. Tina Dellinger
    Tina Dellinger
    Asst. Director/Finance and Contract Director
  4. Angela Padgett
    Angela Padgett
    Smart Start Manager
  5. Johanna Gillespie
    Johanna Gillespie
    Early Head Start Director
  6. Tonya Luckadoo
    Tonya Luckadoo
    Asst. Finance Director EHS Accounting Associate
  7. Brooke Lutz
    Brooke Lutz
    ERSEA Coordinator
  8. Stephanie Fields
    Stephanie Fields
    Health/Nutrition Dental Coordinator
  9. Maggie Singleton
    Maggie Singleton
    Family & Community Services Mental Health Manager
  10. Billie Mitchell
    Billie Mitchell
    Family and Community Services Coordinator
  11. Sherri Sharpe
    Sherri Sharpe
    Family and Community Services Coordinator
  12. Anna Lineberger
    Anna Lineberger
    Operations Specialist
  13. Stephenie Freeman
    Stephenie Freeman
    Accounting Associate
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  14. Tina Williams
    Tina Williams
    NCPreK Program Assistant
  15. Sammie Wortman
    Sammie Wortman
    NCPreK Manager
  16. Brooke Aldridge
    Brooke Aldridge
    Education Coordinator