Our Mission

Child Care Connections of Cleveland County, Inc. exists to connect resources and services for childcare excellence in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

Child Vision Statement

Child Care Connections of Cleveland County, Inc. will be the leader in establishing opportunities for quality childcare environments for every child in Cleveland County.

Care Connections

is your single point of access to help you better understand child care options and services. We offer the following Services.

For families we offer consumer Education and Referral

  • We offer free and confidential child care referrals to families which will assist them in their search for child care services for children birth to twelve years of age.
  • We offer parent education on quality child care indicators and recommend that each child care location is called or visited prior to deciding.
  • Additionally, we assist families in connecting with community resources to help meet each child’s needs.

For Child Care Providers

  • Training and workshops for child care providers
  • Technical Assistance to existing child care programs
  • Support to new child care businesses
  • Quality Enhancement grants
  • Resource Library resources that are available to members for check-out
  • School Age resources are available to providers
  • Behavior assistance, services, and resources are available to providers

For the Community

  • Public awareness to increase community involvement
  • Support new and existing child care providers in their work
  • Encourage the community to understand and address emerging child care needs
  • Statistics on child care in Cleveland County
  • Immunization Schedule


Michelle Jarosinski

Executive Director

Karen Pearson

Interim Director of Provider Services

Barbara Poole

Business Manager

Winter Graham

Regional Healthy Social
Behavior Specialist

Family Child Care Consultant

ShaKaren Dade

Regional Birth – Three Specialist

Leanne Sanders

Patient Referral Specialist

Regional Healthy Social
Behavior Specialist


Provider Specialist


Data Specialist/Parent Referral Assistant


Dimayquoaye Smith

Board Chair

Masonya Ruff

Vice Chair

Terri Whitworth




Penny Corn

Tina Williams

Terry Beam

Gabe McKinney