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Causes: Education

Mission: Launching every child as a healthy lifelong learner by the end of third grade.

Results: See our impact report at : https://depc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/DEPC-Impact-Report.pdf

Target demographics: children, ages 0 to 8, and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,102 children, provided 821 childcare scholarships, provided childcare quality training for 738 early care professionals and received 1,288 hours or service given by 297 volunteers. 7,200 books were distributed in 7 medical clinics during well visits and 554 children participated in the Raising a Reader program.

Geographic areas served: Nash and Edgecombe Counties in North Carolina

Programs: Twin Counties Read to Rise, Farm to Child Care, Faithful Families, Families Involved Together, and Outdoor Learning Environments. All of these programs support our 4 building blocks of Early Care and Education, Health, Families and Communities, and K-3 Environments.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired educator after 12 years in the Public School system. I also served as a
schooLcounselor/chaplain/Minister/Substitute Teacher, member of Retired Edgecombe Nash School Personnel and active community leader in Edgecombe County and Nash counties. I have been affiliated with Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC) for many years
advocating for the needs of children and families, to launch every child as a lifelong
learner by the end of third grade. My initial relationship with DEPC was through
participation in the Community Fellows 2-year Leadership Development program which taught me more skills, knowledge and resources to build my capacity to be a resource and provide resources to meet the needs of families in the community. My involvement included but not
limited to the following: serving on a school community team, volunteer for Read Across
America, faith based host for educational forums, organized Pre-K & Kindergarten
Canvassing events, participating in various committees as a community partner at DEPC, sharing resource information on quality childcare and health care resources as well, volunteer at DEPC EXPO booths & other community events to share information are just a few of the connections over the years. DEPC is a trusted community-based organizations
that maintains many school community partnerships for the success of young children!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All four of my children have benefited from the Down East Partnership for Children. We were heavily involved in playgroups and loved them. As a parent I appreciated the things I learned and the quality time with each child.
Two of my children received scholarships for preschool. This was an amazing blessing for our family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Love attending Party in the Park with my children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

DEPC's playgroups are absolutely wonderful! We love the support and the program has helped me better understand the importance of playing with my child.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Down East Partnership for Children is a great asset to the community. Their impact is felt in Edgecombe and Nash counties.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to share one of my favorite experiences as a learning and feeding coach during the summer of 2019 for Down East Partnership for Children. I enjoyed reviewing reading and math skills with students in grades 7-12. One lesson was on basic life skills. During this lesson, we talked about managing money, especially on how to count money. I wanted the students to be able to estimate the total cost of items that were to be purchased prior to reaching the cash register to check out.

I took students to one of the local stores in community to see how much they had paid attention in class and to see if they were able to practice skills learned in class. Each teen in the group was given $3.00 dollars to spend at the store. They could purchase healthy snacks, but they had to save 10% of their monies to put in the church offering as a part of tithes and offering. They could use calculators if need and they could also help each other out.

Students had also been taught the importance of tithes and offering in their Bible class taught by one of the deacons of the church. Because of this, they also had another challenge and that was to save 10% of the $3.00 to place in offering when we returned to church. It was remarkably interesting to see their shopping experiences and the choices they made on spending their money. Each of them returned with the required 10%. They were immensely proud of themselves, and I was too.

Stacy Sumner J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for the last 6 years and honored to be their chairwoman for the next 3! I have been a long time children's advocate for over 30 years and when I relocated to Rocky Mount 8 years ago, Down East Partnership was the first non-profit organization I called. I wanted to volunteer and to learn how I could support the education and healthy development of our children in Nash and Edgecombe counties. I have worked in many different capacities with the outstanding and committed staff on numerous programs, and can't begin to tell you how this dedicated group change lives everyday. Today's children are tomorrow's leaders and we all have a stake in making sure our children thrive and learn. The children touch my heart every day and we must launch every child as a lifelong learner.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

DEPC has been a beckon light in our community.We can count on them year after year to go the extra mile to address the needs of at-risk children. Parents have become empowered by gaining appropriate parenting skills techniques. We have been able to corral students and parents to participate in early learning and fun activities utilizing our Fun Buckets. Items in the Fun Bucket equipped our students to gain the necessary, learning skills to build a firm foundation to become life long learners.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This past summer DEPC was instrumental in walking Ray of Hope in Whitakers, NC through the successful implementation of the Summer Reading and Feeding program. We served a total of 400 youth during the ten week project, hot nutritional lunches. They were also treated to reading, games and individual time of inspiration.

The parents were elated to have a safe, relaxing and motivational atmosphere as they experienced the joy and excitement of returning daily.

One of our single mothers with a set of twins and two additional children under six and one son twelve was especially grateful to have that much needed time for her children and herself. She has now obtained a job and is so proud of her accomplishment and she believes that quality time for her kids and her self care had a huge impact upon the fulfillment of her goal for full-time employment.

DEPC was there to answer all my questions, giving great support and easy access to resources which enabled Ray of Hope to make an immeasurable impact in a rural community.

Special thanks to DEPC and it's staff for going above and beyond to help during this pandemic.

1 Valerie M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first time mother with no family near by to ask for advice, Down East Partnership played a pivotal role in my journey of parenthood. They gave me the skill-sets to navigate how to sleep train, engage in play, deescalate tantrums, and so much more. By taking one of their 6 week courses, I not only gained these skills, but I also gained a community of other parents!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DEPC(DOWNEAST Partnership For Children)
is the best organization that touches all ages
through their programs to help young children succeed. This program is available to people who want to volunteer through
various ways like golf activities/community
leadership training/daycare training for owners/faith base programs/ ready school
programs/cooking programs/parties in the park for families and vendors and internship
programs.(personal for me I needed 120 hours internship for graduation in 1999

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is extremely helpful for my child.. it’s help him develop so many skills.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I attend work shops and training though Down East Partnership for my job working with child in a prekindergarten setting. Down East Partnership puts alot of effort in their training with latest information.

Aashnicole R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DownEast is not just an organization, it’s a family. They are supportive and full of so many resources. They always have something goin on for children to be a part of and they never forget about the parents. I have join in on their play dates Triple P, support groups and many other events they have held. I will continue to tell everyone what a great joy DownEast Partnership for Children has been for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DEPC has been so helpful and encouraging to me as I raise my daughter. They support me in parenting, education and resources, as well as connecting me to other moms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hearing about Down East over the years when I was younger and now that I have children I wanted to know what Down East could do for us. I signed my 5 year old up for playgroup and although we miss the zooms we enjoy making the crafts and her learning songs and reading new books. The staff is great at least the ones I’ve met so far. And since I’m homeschooling my kids they told me that they have resources there that I could use with the girls. I live DEPC

Snhart

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many great things I can say about DEPC. An amazing and inspiring group of people that go beyond limitations to provided a much needed service in the community! This group engages the community to grow and to prosper for the betterment of all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is the absolute best! They really care about their community and is always willing to help in anyway they can. They give out food to the needy. They have educational and fun seminars for parents to join. They have great educational and playful groups for kids to learn, while having fun.

1 Blondelle AnNette C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped by allowing my newborn grandbaby to recieve a book through the mail on a regular basis!

Toshika Dyshell M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that they send my granddaughter books every month that she enjoys reading and I also enjoy reading them to her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came across the DEPC this summer. The pandemic was in full swing, and my family was struggling with no play dates, tightening budget, and genera uncertainty. Depc fit families started giving us boxes of produce and recipes, they gave us supplies to participate in play dates virtually where I could talk to other parents, and hey helped me participate in Dolly Partons imagination library. Every time I have a problem, they try to help support me. I have no family nearby, so They have been my rock during this whole pandemic

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had a great experience with you all sending my children educational learning books every month thanks a lot ....

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are currently participating in the Incredible Years program. We have enjoyed it so much in depc has been very accommodating!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Down East Partnerships offers great programs for our youth in both Nash and Edgecombe counties. These programs help build our children for the future. They also provide programs for parental support. Down East Partnership is an absolute must for our area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Down East Partnership for Children works very hard for our children!

Board Member

Rating: 5

DEPC is a wonderful organization. They are committed and passionate about high quality child care and education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DEPC is great in their desire to help children be the best they can be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am involved with DEPC and the playgroups with my now 9-month old daughter. We enjoy coming every Tuesday to play with friends along with each other. Her not being in daycare gives her a chance to get outside experience from home!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DEPC has an impressive history and track record of delivering high quality services to children in its two-county region. With strong leadership at the board and staff levels, it is poised to continue its progress and reach even more children. DEPC is an organization that is worthy of support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an employee at DEPC, but before I even applied I looked all through the website to see what the partnership was all about because I had never heard of it before. When I got to the page that showed how their work impacts our community, that was it for me. I knew I had to be a part of this awesome organization. At the time (2018) over 13,000 children and their families had benefited from Down East Partnership for Children's services and that number continues to grow. I truly believe that when you can help even one child to grow up to be a healthy, happy lifelong learner, you are making a huge difference because they will grow up to teach their children the same. DEPC is a wonderful place with people who truly care about improving the lives of the children and families right here in our own community and I am thankful to be a part of it. ~B. Lambeth

Donor

Rating: 5

In my work as a national funder, I share the work of the Down East Partnership on a regular basis and also bring leaders from other states to learn about the great work they are doing. They have done an outstanding job of setting a vision and building the community collaboration to make it happen.

Donor

Rating: 5

Down East Partnership for Children is an outstanding nonprofit that works within its community to make sure young children have access to services they need to be healthy and ready to succeed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I think of young children in Nash and Edgecombe counties, I think of DEPC. DEPC continues to have an exceptional reputation not only with collaborating area agencies, but with the families and school systems it serves. DEPC in in our churches, our early care environments and our elementary schools. A questioning parent can find all they need and more inside of its building.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been coming to different programs at Down East Partnership for the last 2 years. I am soooo thankful for the programs that are offered. Not only for my 3 year old but for myself as well. Thanks for all you do!!

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

DEPC is glad to know our programs have been helpful to both you and your child. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped me paying for childcare and taught me tips for dealing with my children.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

It has been our pleasure to serve you. Thank you for being a part of the DEPC community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

excellent and staff. Always willing to go above and beyond.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad to to be here!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have been involved with DEPC since 2009 and I love it!

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

We thank you for your involvement for the past 9 years. That is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really enjoy the outreach programs that they offers for the community.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thank your for sharing your enjoyment of our outreach programs. It has been an honor to serve the families of Nash and Edgecombe for the past 25 years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The organization has been very helpful in providing information for the families that we serve. They have also been instrumental in assisting with providing parenting classes as well as assisting with day care payments for the families that we serve. They have also been instrumental in providing Triple P training.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We love our work and our community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Down East Partnership for Children, spends a lot of time, funding and effort in making sure our families receive services.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

We appreciate this comment and thank you for recognizing our hard work and effort.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The workshops s are very beneficial they cover topics on reading and healthy eating. DEPC has provided excellent support services to parents and schools . I do not think people realize children are life long learners until they began utilizing services at DEPC.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thanks for highlighting our work in literacy and health. We believe every child deserves the support and resources necessary to become a healthy, lifelong learner by the end of third grade.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer at DEPC and very quickly became very impressed wit the many good things that this organization was doing. I am so very proud to be involved with such a fine organization.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thank you for volunteering your time with DEPC. It is an honor to have you and we appreciate you sharing your story!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids love to come to party in the park. It's a always a good time and has lots of activities for the family.

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DebraJ 10/09/2018

Thank you for coming to our P arty in the Park and for sharing your comments!