RAPC COVID-19 Support

We at Region A Partnership for Children want to express our continued concern for the wellbeing of all of our friends and partners and your families as we all join together to weather the COVID-19 crisis.  We are grateful for the community support that will surely pull us all through.  Your health and safety are paramount to us today.

Today we are also asking you to think about the health and safety of children who are in peril because of increasing risk from the spreading virus.

Will you help protect young children, families, and teachers from the impact of the corona virus?  If you will make a gift of a donation today, you will help us provide critical protective resources for children and child care teachers so that children can be well cared for in safe environments.

While many children and families are staying home in isolation, working families need a safe and secure child care setting for their children. Health Care Workers and other Essential Workers rely on us to provide a resource for their children during this crisis so that they can continue to care for all of us. 

Will you donate whatever you can to help us provide resources to ensure the children of our communities stay safe and healthy?

Health Information for Region A child care professionals

Dear Child care/Pre-k Professionals,

We appreciate your dedication to the children of our region and understand that these are incredibly challenging times.  We also know that many of you may have had to close your doors to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus and that closing also causes many additional worries for you. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

As you know, information concerning COVID-19 is updated by the hour. Please bookmark the following sites for information:

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Our Smart Start Child Care Health Consultants and Training Staff are available to you by phone and e-mail in the event that you are continuing to operate and have health related questions. 

Child Care Health Consultants

Smart Start Quality Enhancement Specialist

Please do not hesitate to contact our office for any additional information.  We appreciate your dedication and service to children and families, especially during this very difficult time.

Thank you


Janice M. Edgerton
Executive Director
Region A Partnership for Children
116 Jackson St
Sylva, NC 28779   
https://rapc.org www.facebook.com/RegionAKids/
828 586-0661

Cherokee Central Elementary School


Why the Possum’s Tail is Bare

Dropping off teacher’s and children’s copies of a great Cherokee tale. Bilingual books in Cherokee and English.

The children’s books for Cherokee Central Elementary School are for children attending NC Pre-K, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade classrooms. Teacher copies are provided to all teachers teaching in those classrooms.

Through a generous grant made available by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and a lot of help and dedication from Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Studies program, the Region A Partnership delivered 545 children’s copies and 40 teacher’s copies of the book, Why the Possum’s Tail is Bare! Written by Kay Thorpe Bannon and illustrated by Laura Powell, the bilingual books are distributed to child care facilities and NC Pre-K classrooms on the Qualla Boundary.

The Region A Partnership for Children supports all prenatal to age 5 children through evidence-based and evidence-informed programming available to families and child care facilities through Smart Start funds and in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Qualla Boundary. Other programs and services are made available through partnerships with grantors like the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and local funds supported by individuals like you!

Thank you to everyone for all your help and your dedication to children and families of Region A.

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WNC Voices for Children

WNC Voices for Children is a free, one-day training for people who want to become even stronger advocates. Learn how to be more strategic and effective in making positive changes for children and families in our region.

Learn more & sign up here:


Thursday April 23, 10-3 in Bryson City NC, or

Tuesday April 28, 10-3 in Lake Junaluska NC

The training is FREE and lunch is included!

Adam Sotak, Public Engagement Director at NC Child
Greg Borom, Director of Advocacy at Children First/Communities in Schools Buncombe County

Why WNC Voices for Children?

Too many children and families are struggling here in western North Carolina. They need caring adults like us to raise our voices and advocate along with them for a better future. A coalition of organizations are working together to build a stronger network of child advocates across the region. These trainings are part of that effort. At WNC Voices for Children, advocates both old and new can learn how to be more strategic and effective in their work.

What you will learn:

How do our direct services and advocacy efforts fit together to achieve long-term outcomes for kids? We’ll delve into the Pathways to 3rd Grade Reading Shared Measures of Success to find out.

Get the latest KIDS COUNT data on how children in WNC are faring in health, education, and other key metrics – and how racial disparities impact children differently.

Uncover the public policy implications in our own stories, and the stories of our clients and neighbors.

Grow your understanding of how our representatives in government do their work – and how we can best plug into the process.

Learn about state and local campaigns for change and how you can get involved.

If you are already part of Congregations 4 Children, Great by Eight, and/or Growing Our Future, spend time strategizing about goals and next steps.

Learn about values-based messaging. Practice writing a letter to the editor, or develop talking points for meeting with a public official