Region A Partnership for Children receives grant

Dec 05, 2012

The Region A partnership for Children has received $20,000 in grant funding from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to supplement current funding to expand the Family Support Network Project in Region A.

“We are grateful for this support from three funds of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina,” said Janice M. Edgerton, executive director of the Region A Partnership for Children.

“We very much appreciate this contribution from the Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund, the Janirve Legacy Fund and an anonymous fund of the Community Foundation.

“The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. We are fortunate to have such a powerful community partner to assist us in our work on behalf of families of children who have special needs.”

The Region A Family Support Network program has operated for eight years in the region serving more than 1,400 families. Families of children with special needs benefit from the help and support that other families provide and from information about their child’s special needs and available resources.

One of the key elements of the Region A Family Support Network program is that the Family Support Network Coordinator assists parents in becoming stronger and more educated advocates for their child and teaches them how to access services and to navigate the complex system of services for children with special needs. This supplemental funding will assist us serving an additional 90 families in the seven-county region.”

The Region A Partnership for Children administers North Carolina’s Smart Start and N.C. Pre-K initiatives in the seven westernmost counties of the state and on the Qualla Boundary. The overall goal of the Partnership is to ensure that all children arrive at school healthy and prepared to succeed.

For information, call 586-0661.