By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker, Associated Press, November 26, 2019
In Cocke County, Tennessee, Kathy Holt is meeting with parents, day care providers and others to spread the word about what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten.
The former educator is among a group of leaders in three Appalachian communities chosen to try a new approach to improving the lives of rural children. A national partnership comprised of Save the Children, StriveTogether, Partners for Education at Berea College in Kentucky and the Annie E. Casey Foundation was announcing Tuesday plans to invest $1.2 million over the next three years into Cocke County and Whitley and Perry counties in Kentucky.
The money will go toward helping the communities meet the goals they’ve set for themselves, said Nick Carrington, Save the Children’s director of collective impact. The organizations plan to expand the initiative into more rural communities around the country next year.