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Providing Family Referrals for the 13 most Western Counties in North Carolina
Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon,
Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Madison and Transylvania.

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Nicky Passarello
Mountain Child Care Connections Regional Child Care Resource Coordinator

Phone #: 1-877-752-5955


Office Hours
Monday - Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Hello, my name is Nicola (Nicky) Passarello. I grew up in Pearl River, New York and came south for my college education (Western Carolina University). Before coming to Southwestern Child Development, I was a teacher in the Georgia School System for 22 years with middle schoolers. I realized that the impact for children’s development/education needed to be made at a much earlier age. I decided to make a career change.

I have worked for Southwestern Child Development since the Fall of 1995. I have had a variety of jobs: teacher assistant, after school director, summer director for a developmental day camp and resource teacher. My previous position to my new one was Regional Intervention Specialist for Jackson, Swain and the Qualla Boundary, working with 0-5 year olds with special needs in Southwestern Centers, private centers, and in homes/community. For the last several years, I have served as resource teacher for Webster Early Education and Preschool for 3-5 year olds on the DD contract with Jackson County Schools. My education/credentials include a BS in Education from WCU, a MED in Reading Education from UGA, a BK teaching license through WCU, Child Care Credentials 1 & 2, an ITFS certificate and the Early Educator Certificate, Level 12.

We are here to help families make informed decisions about quality child care and other parenting concerns. Simply answer some questions about your child care needs and we will provide you with
a listing of referrals that meet your child care criteria.

Provider Services
Mountain Child Care Connections gives you the opportunity to list and update your child care provider profile. 
To complete or update your child care provider information, contact our Regional Child Care Resource Coordinator.

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