Champions for Children

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”

-Rita Pierson, Educator


Communities have the power to create a care and education system that ensures every child enters school ready to learn. WCSS has developed a plan for leaders and civic organizations that want to deepen their knowledge about the challenges young children face, the solutions available and the ways they can make a difference.

The plan uses a pyramid model to guide engagement activity. Growth opportunities are organized from the “stakeholder” level with first-step engagement options to the “champions” level with actions showing substantial support for young children. Each pyramid of opportunities is tailored to a specific group, with multiple engagement options from which to choose.

Below are links to the Champions pyramids, organized by stakeholder groups. If you are interested in learning more about this plan for yourself, or for your organization, please contact Phyllis Barbour or call (919) 723-9271.

The ultimate goal of the plan is to develop champions that are committed to advancing the lives of young children through volunteering, raising awareness and advocacy.

What Board Service Has Meant to a Champion

Past WCSS Board Chair David Zonderman reflects on the rewards of being a champion for young children.