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We believe education begins at birth and lasts throughout life. Education can be a key to unleash the potential of opportunity for everyone, especially for those whose communities have been under-resourced. Therefore, education should be equitable, excellent in its delivery and accessible to all regardless of place, gender or ethnicity.

Further, we believe that every child in WNC should:

  • have access to early education which supports their development towards brilliance
  • have every opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to learn to the best of their ability
  • be nurtured by a well-prepared caregiver who feels supported in supporting their early learner 
  • be able to attend a school that supports their ability to be an engaged learner
  • have access to learning that leads to their ability to earn a wage to support themselves and their families.

PARTNER PROFILE

Crossnore School & Children’s Home

Because North Carolina has approximately 10,000 kids in foster care at any given time, organizations like Crossnore School & Children’s Home fill a critical need when it comes to the health and welfare of children and their families. A 100+ year child welfare organization, working with children and families that are at risk of entering the foster care system, in the system and those aging out of the foster care system.

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PARTNER PROFILE

WRESA

The Western Regional Education Service Alliance proudly serves the school districts of 18 counties in Western North Carolina. They are a collaborative that exists to increase school systems’ effectiveness. They share instructional strategies and best practices and also pool resources to provide high-level professional development for educators in Western North Carolina.

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Education | Goal 2

Improve Early Care and Education System

Invest in improved early childcare and education system with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn

Objective 2.1: Address early childhood educator workforce challenges

Objective 2.2: Equip families of early learners to support development beginning before birth

Objective 2.3: Increase capacity of partners to provide quality services, particularly for children facing challenges related to poverty, systemic racism, being differently abled or limited English proficiency

Education | Goal 3

Improve K-12 Education

Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career

Objective 3.1: Address teacher workforce challenges

Objective 3.2: Equip families of students to support academic growth and social-emotional health

Objective 3.3: Increase capacity of partners to provide supports and services, particularly for children facing challenges related to poverty, systemic racism, being differently abled or limited English proficiency

Education | Goal 4

Support Higher Education Career Readiness

Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels

Objective 4.1: Close the educational attainment gap in WNC, staying on pace with regional and county-specific projections (myFutureNC 2030).