South Rowan Academy of Child Development, LLC
Smart Start Rowan

Rowan County’s local Smart Start organization offers many services for families, including:

  • Building community-wide awareness of the importance of quality early learning experiences both in the home and in early learning facilities;
  • Promoting the activities and services provided by Smart Start Rowan and our community partners;
  • Identify the needs of young children and their families;
  • Improving the quality of childcare;
  • Providing families with essential information, resources, and childcare options;
  • Educating the community about the critical needs of young children and their families;
  • Providing services without bias to race, color, religion, age, nationality, gender, marital status, mental or physical ability or sexual orientation.


1329 Jake Alexander Blvd S., Salisbury, NC 28146

Phone: 704-630-9085


NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 50 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

NCDHHS (Division of Child Development and Education)
  • To ensure the health and safety of children in childcare programs DCDEE
  • To promote quality childcare by implementing evidence-based standards DCDEE
  • To increase access to quality childcare to families and children across North Carolina DCDEE
Rowan County Department of Social Services

Offers services for Rowan County residents, such as child support and economic services (food & nutrition services, energy programs, Medicaid, NC ePass, special assistance, Work First, and subsidized childcare assistance). They also provide social work services for adults and children, including foster care.


1813 E. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28146


Cabarrus County Department of Social Services

Adult and child protection, financial assistance and family services for Cabarrus County residents.

Contact for Daycare Assistance:

1303 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, NC 28083


Rowan County Health Department

The health department offers a variety of services including Care Coordination for Children, which is a program offered at no charge for children birth to 5 years of age who:

  • Have long-term medical conditions
  • Are dealing with challenging levels of stress
  • Are referred by the child’s doctor

They also offer Pregnancy Care Management services for Medicaid recipients at risk for poor birth outcomes, Community Health and Environmental Health education, Family Health Services for adults and children including screenings, wellness and sick visits, Immunizations, Prenatal Services, WIC (a special supplemental nutrition program), and Smile Center (a dental clinic for children of Rowan County).


1811 E. Innest St., Salisbury, NC 28146


Cabarrus Health Alliance

Offers Clinical Services (family planning, pediatrics, STDs, maternal helath, immunizations, etc.), Community Health Programs (covers a variety of topics including chronic disease, substance use, healthy eating and more), Communicable Diseases, Dental Services, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, School Health, Vital Records, and WIC.

They also offer Family Support services including Care Management for At-Risk Children (CMARC), Innovative Approaches (IA), Newsborn Postpartum Home Visiting, Care Management for High-Risk Pregnancy (CMHRP),  Project M.O.R.E. (Making Opportunities for Responsible Parenting and Education), Resource CAFE, Strengthening Families, and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).


300 Mooresville Rd, Kannapolis, NC 28081


Community Care Clinic of Rowan County

The Community Care Clinic of Rowan County’s mission is to provide primary medical and dental care as well as prescription medications to qualified under served and uninsured adults in Rowan County.

Services include Primary Care, Pharmacy, and Dental Clinic.

REQUIREMENTS: The patient must be uninsured, a Rowan County Citizen, at least 19 years of age, with an income level not exceeding 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (Currently $23,540 for individual and $48,500 for a family of four), and not currently receiving Medicaid, Medicare, or Disability benefits.


315G Mocksville Ave, Salisbury, NC 28144


The Community Free Clinic

The Community Free Clinic provides the uninsured residents of Cabarrus County access to free healthcare and medications. Services offered: Medical services, Pharmacy services, HealthNet Cabarrus enrollment services, Dental services, and Lifestyle medicine.


528 Lake Concord Rd NE #A, Concord, NC 28025


Main Street Marketplace and Meeting Place

Provides food and clothing at the Main Street Marketplace. Each year they have Christmas at the Market for parents who cannot otherwise provide gifts for their family. They also offer the Bridges Out of Poverty program (training for those interested in exploring why the gap of economic class is widening and how we can respond without creating further dependency) and the Getting Ahead Program (for those interested in stepping outside of the day-to-day struggle of survival and into an opportunity to rewrite their future story). They offer special workshops on topics such as nutrition, grief support, cooking classes, and more.

Business Hours:

  • Monday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Contact: 308 S. Main St, China Grove, NC 28023


Rowan Helping Ministries

Offers crisis assistance including financial and food/clothing. Also provides temporary shelter to those who have no alternative nighttime residence to those in Rowan County. The Soup Kitchen provides a nutritious noon meal without qualifications. Each Sunday, God’s Table provides a meal plus a 30-minute spiritual service. The Eagles’ Nest program is a transitional housing program for parents with 1-2 children. For more information: 704-637-6838, ext. 118.

Includes Rowan Helping Ministries-West at 785 Grampian Road, Mt. Ulla (food pantry services), Rowan Helping Ministries-East at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 2570 St. Peters Church Rd., Salisbury (food pantry), and Food for Thought (serving 900+ students at risk of food insecurity).


226 N. Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144


CCM (Cooperative Christian Ministry)

Cooperative Christian Ministry serves Cabarrus and Southern Rowan counties through programs that move people from crisis to restoration. Services include Food Relief, Financial Assistance, Housing, and Program Services.


246 Country Club Drive NE, Concord, NC 28025


CVAN (Safety, Shelter & Support for Battered Women & Their Children)

24-Hour Hotline: 704-788-CVAN (2826)

CVAN provides shelter in a confidential location in Cabarrus County, peer counseling for women, walk-in center, children’s program, court advocacy, support groups, teen program, former battered women’s advocacy, women’s jail program, and community education.

Contact: 704-788-1108

CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.


Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm ET
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
NHTSA works to prevent injuries and fatalities for all road users—including children, teens, older drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers with disabilities. Here you’ll find information and resources to keep your loved ones safe on the road, in and around cars.
Topics include car seats and booster seats, seat belts, and more.
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
 Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina supports the development of safe, stable, nurturing relationships for children in their families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.