A $65,000 Early Childhood Development Focus Area Grant to the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) will develop Champions for Children teams among business and community leaders to advocate for public and private funding for early child care and education in Western North Carolina.
The project supports the Foundation’s vision of helping every child realize his or her full potential. Specifically, it focuses on the strategy to raise awareness of the importance of investing in early childhood development.
The effort has the potential to affect more than 56,000 children, birth to five, living in the Foundation’s 18-county service area. The funding allows NCPC to hire a consultant to work with a Community Relations Coordinator, employed through a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, to expand the Champions for Children effort to 16 Western North Carolina counties.