• 63°

Partners in Learning needs larger location

In response to expanding community outreach and programming opportunities, Partners in Learning plans to relocate its Catawba College location to a site that more effectively meets the growing needs of students, families and the community.

Over the coming year, the organization will research and solidify plans for a larger facility that will include classrooms, a sensory room, family resource spaces, a STEM lab, an indoor gross motor space and an outdoor natural learning environment.

A leader in the field of early care, intervention and education, Partners in Learning’s services include child care for 200 area children, early intervention for 150 children with special needs and their families in 11 surrounding counties, and parenting support for 200 adults each year.

The Catawba campus, one of two locations for the organization, also serves as a training site for more than 100 early-education specialists throughout Rowan County annually.

“We are incredibly thankful for our partnership with Catawba College,” said Partners in Learning Director Norma Honeycutt. “It is in part thanks to them that we have grown our community offerings to this point and are now in a position to have an even greater positive impact on families of our community.”

Partners in Learning employs 70 staff members with a mission of child development, early-childhood intervention and family support. A child’s earliest years — infant to 3 — are the most critical developmental years and account for 85 percent of a child’s brain development, Honeycutt said.

“Early education can change a child’s life and is critical to success in school and beyond,” said Cassie Karriker, early intervention director for Partners in Learning. “Our enriching programs help improve school readiness and prepare preschool children for success.”

The new space, Karriker said, will support the expansion of support services for families and children including case management, the in-demand Triple P Parenting class, counseling and developmental therapies.

The next steps in the planning for the new facility include engaging the community and securing funding, Honeycutt said.

“The next step in our journey is an exciting one,” said Honeycutt. “We’re eager to fill the critical and growing needs of our community’s children and their families.”



Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency


Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs


FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight


Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law


Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago


State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March


NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly


Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain


Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full


Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity