Fayetteville, NC – We take great pride in announcing Candace Scott’s progressive promotion from the Onslow County Partnership to the Guilford County Partnership, to the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, where she now serves as the Vice President of Child Care Resource and Referral.

As our new Vice President of Child Care Resource and Referral, Candace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous positions as the Chief Program Officer (Guilford County) and the Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator (Onslow County).  In these roles, Candace focused on developing early childhood systems for Smart Start and advancing nonprofit relationships to maximum the results of shared services.  We certainly look forward to Candace’s guidance in helping to further develop our emerging community.

Candace has in-depth knowledge of providing early childhood services along with a wide range of management experience in civilian and military communities.  She specializes in addressing change in family structures, ensuring Pre-Kindergarten classroom readiness and improving best practices in childcare environments.   Additionally, through Candace’s connection with Shape NC (Onslow County), Candace was instrumental in merging her passion for children and families with the natural world via the creation of the “Places to Play in Onslow”, a childhood obesity prevention resource guide designed to promote physical activity outdoors.

Beyond her progressive roles with the Partnership, Candace has a longstanding history of serving at-large communities.  As a volunteer, she served as a member of the Guilford Breastfeeding Alliance, Docent and Gallery Greeter at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Art Teacher at John Adams Elementary School, Data Entry Officer at the American Red Cross and Board Member of Onslow CHIP (Community Health Improvement Process).  Candace is also a member of the North Carolina and National Association for the Education of Young Children, wherein she stays informed and connected to emerging early childhood issues and critical best practices for children and families.

Candace has first-hand knowledge raising her own children and supporting her own family in an ever changing- diverse military community. Her much needed experience lends well with supporting families who face unique challenges, not only Cumberland County, but the State of North Carolina as a whole.  We look forward to Candace’s hand in improving outcomes for young children and their families, right here in Cumberland County’s fluid population.

Finally, Candace is trained in ABLe Change Framework, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), and Program Administration Scale.  Candace is also a proud alumna of Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.