Onslow County Partnership for Children, Inc. dba as One Place

Creating Hope For Families

aka OCPC   |   Jacksonville, NC   |


Formerly known as the Onslow County Partnership for Children (OCPC), One Place is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been serving families of Onslow County and surrounding communities for more than 20 years. By partnering with community and government organizations, we strive to improve the lives of children and families by connecting them with high-quality resources for child care, early education, and child abuse prevention and intervention.

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Dawn Rochelle

Main address

900 Dennis Rd

Jacksonville, NC 28546 USA

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NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program

One Place is the contractor for NC Pre-Kindergarten, a state-funded, high-quality program designed to enhance school readiness for at-risk eligible 4-year-old children. NC Pre-Kindergarten has a proven track record in North Carolina. This high-quality early childhood program implements an evidence-based curriculum that aligns to the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development and provides a comprehensive program that supports children’s development in approaches to play and learning, emotional and social development, health and physical development, language development and communication, and cognitive development.

Population(s) Served

One Place is the grantee for Early Head Start in our community. Early Head Start is a federal program regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Head Start, and serves families with children up to the age of three, and pregnant women that meet Head Start eligibility. The home-based program provides services to expectant women, focusing on prenatal health and child development and includes a monthly in-home visit utilizing a curriculum that increases knowledge in the areas of health, nutrition, safety, infant care, breastfeeding, and more. The Child Care Partnership program is funded to provide center-based services to children from 6-weeks to 3-years-old. Children are in a classroom setting Monday through Friday and participate in planned activities to support each child’s individual development using the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Children’s growth and development are tracked through formative assessments with goals for each child.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

One Place created a high-quality preschool program modeled after the successful NC Pre-Kindergarten program to serve eligible 3-year-old children and provide them with an additional year of preschool that would improve school readiness through Smart Start Dual Subsidy funding. Teachers and teacher assistants must meet strong educational requirements and participate in technical assistance and professional development coaching throughout the year. Nearly half of the children served in Three School participated in NC Pre-Kindergarten the following year.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

School readiness begins at birth. Our Early Literacy & Learning program works to increase knowledge on the importance of language and daily reading to young children in our community. Children that are exposed to language and print-rich home and preschool environments are more likely to be reading on grade level at the end of third grade. Our county is participating in the NC Pathways to Grade Level Reading program and our literacy programs such as Story Walks in the Parks, Little Free Libraries, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library increase access to books for children. We work daily through our programs and community education to share the importance of child development and the First 2000 Days of a child’s life. Our highly interactive program reaches thousands of children in our community annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In Onslow County, many parents and early educators struggle to find the resources to help their children thrive. Child Care Resource & Referral Services (CCR&R) staff listen to their needs, provide guidance, and make connections to community programs and resources that benefit children. Staff work to educate parents on the First 2000 days and the importance of choosing high-quality preschool and child care facilities that support the healthy development of children in order for children to be healthy, safe and nurtured, and ready for school and learning. Education is provided to increase knowledge and help parents understand the NC Quality Ratings Improvement System and licensure process. Consumer information helps parents better recognize and choose the best facility for their family. CCR&R offers an extensive training program for educators and community members to strengthen and increase knowledge of the early childhood workforce.

Population(s) Served

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Onslow County provides comprehensive services responding to allegations of physical abuse and sexual abuse of children from birth to 17. The CAC is where hope and healing begin for children and families that experience child abuse trauma in their lives by putting the needs of the victim first. These services include specialized interviews, sensitive medical exams, advocacy, and links to evidence-based mental health services and other referrals to improve the lives of children and their families in our community. The Child Advocacy Center staff partners with a multi-disciplinary team to deliver these comprehensive services. The CAC is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. Our primary strategic goal is the reduction of child abuse and neglect in our community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Families deserve to trust that the child care facility that they select for their children is high quality. The Technical Assistance (TA) Team at One Place supports the coaching, mentoring, and professional development of early educators (teachers and administrators) in our community. The team provides resources, increases knowledge, and supports the implementation process for improving early education environments for children and their families. The TA Team utilizes the Technical Assistance Coaching Model to partner with educators to develop strategic plans that utilize pre-assessments, identified plans for improvement, coaching, and follow-up with post-assessments to document program growth. The goal of technical assistance is to improve and sustain quality as demonstrated through the NC Star Rated Licensing Program. These services impact young children, their teachers, and families across our community.

Population(s) Served

One Place executes a strategic campaign designed to increase community awareness of early childhood programs and services that work to enhance the early childhood system of care. We partner with individuals and community stakeholders to increase knowledge of programs and services needed that provide children with access to services that promote their healthy development. Community events such as our Diamonds and Denim Fundraising Benefit, Back Porch Chats, and Foundations for Resilience programming bring hundreds of community members and businesses together to talk about the needs of children and how working together is essential to ensure that all children are healthy, safe and nurtured, and learning and ready to succeed.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Onslow County Partnership for Children, Inc. dba as One Place

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Onslow County Partnership for Children, Inc. dba as One Place

Board of directors
as of 05/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julia Collins

Community Volunteer

Term: 2022 -

Michael Brown

Bank of America

Rev. Joel Churchwell

Sandy Run Missionary Church

Ashley Smith

Department of Defense Schools

Staci Davis

YMCA, Youth Development Program Director

Daisy Haywood

Community Volunteer; Retired Law Enforcement Officer

Mary Hendrickson

Community Volunteer, Retired DODEA Educator

Brian Kelly

City Government, Fire Marshal

Senatra Spearmon

County Government, Public Librarian

Elizabeth Thomas

Treasurer: Retired Educator

Deanna Trebil

MPO, Transportation Services Director

Kathryn Wessell

Licensed Child Care Program Director, Catalyst Child Care

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.