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Region A Partnership for Children



Jody Miller, Community Engagement Coordinator

Mailing Address:

87 Bonnie Lane
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone Number:

828-631-3900 x126

Secondary Number:


Email Address: 

Website Address:

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F; support meetings evenings


Follow Hwy 107 to Sylva, then turn left onto Webster Road (just after Ingles). In half a mile, take the first exit out of the traffic circle, onto Bonnie Lane.

Agency Description:

Region A Partnership for Children (RAPC) serves families in the seven westernmost NC counties (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson Macon and Swain) and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. RAPC strives for regional and local collaboration among public, private and non-profit partners to build and maintain a comprehensive and integrated system of services for young children and their families. RAPC manages Smart Start, NC's early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Smart Start creates and supports high quality early care and education, health and family support services to promote integrated prevention and intervention for all children.

RAPC also manages the North Carolina Pre-K program in western NC. NC Pre-K serves four-year old children with low income in high quality pre-k classrooms in Head Start, public school and private childcare programs in all seven counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

RAPC provides early literacy support for young children in childcare settings through Raising A Reader, in medical practices through Reach Out and Read and through the Fontana Library's Reading Rover bookmobile. RAPC promotes family support connections and information sharing among families of children with special needs through the Family Support Network.


Varies according to program requirements.

Time Commitment:

Varies according to program requirements. Arrangements for volunteer hours early in the year are encouraged rather than when volunteer hours are needed to be completed in a short amount of time.

Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:

Helpful to have an interest in young children and community work. Talented communicators and or development/fundraising volunteers may gain additional experience at the RAPC. Also, experience with research may be helpful with some projects.

Volunteer Involvement:

Volunteers may be used to help with community events, to provide childcare at parent meetings/support groups for the Family Support Network program, to assist with book programs in coordinating book assembly, in web-design and/or Community work related to communications and fundraising.

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