Change the Life of a Child and You Change the Future of Our Community


A Message from the Executive Director

Thank you for your help! The Down East Partnership for Children is making a tremendous impact on the children, families and communities in Nash and Edgecombe counties. As we reflect on another year of services and the strides we have made together to improve the lives of young children and make our communities stronger, we must also look to the future and the role we each play in making Nash and Edgecombe counties stronger toward the goal that every child in our region has an opportunity for a bright future.

We know these are tough times economically for our families and friends, our community and for North Carolina. But we believe that it’s critical to keep moving forward and not give up the fight to make sure that the children in Nash and Edgecombe counties continue to receive the support they need to be successful.

If you want to share DEPC’s message and invest your time, talent and resources to ensure that every child is launched as a healthy, lifelong learner by the end of third grade, please review the options below and consider what you can do to help. It takes all of us to make a difference,  large and small contributions and mostly a commitment to work together to make Nash and Edgecombe Counties a great place to raise our children and families as well as a great place to work.

As always, I would like to thank you for your continued support of Down East Partnership for Children and your commitment to our children and families and to our future.



Henrietta Zalkind


Volunteer Your Time

Share your time and expertise at DEPC! Volunteer on the playground, provide office and event support or participate in community events/programs. Please contact Libby Manning at (252) 985-4300 or to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Join a Committee

Some of our DEPC committee options include Ready Schools, Healthy Kids Collaborative, or Week of the Young Child.


Stay Connected and Help Tell the DEPC Story

Join Our Email List, Follow us on Facebook, and share the great story of DEPC with family & friends by email and social media!  
Don’t have access to email?  Printed DEPC publications are also available by direct mail.  Please contact DEPC at (252) 985-4300 to be added to our mailing list. 

Speak Up About Children’s Issues

Interested in inviting a DEPC representative to speak at your event? Want to gain experience speaking about children’s issues on your own? We have many resources, research, and presentation information available to share. Contact Ashleigh Stanfield at (252) 985-4300 or for more information.

Make a Donation

Every contribution makes a difference in the life of a child! Your donation helps fill in gaps in state, federal and grant funding which enables DEPC to develop new resources for children and families. Your contribution supports services that:
  • Help prevent out-of-home child placement
  • Provide funding for playgroup leaders to have playgroup opportunities in their local community
  • Provide Ready School Innovation Awards for local elementary schools to promote parent and community engagement in the classroom.
Please help us make a difference in the life of our children & our community.
For more information regarding donation options, contact Don Williamson, Finance Manager, at (252) 985-4300 ext. 211 or

Contribute to DEPC’s Endowment Fund

The Down East Partnership for Children Endowment Fund has been established by the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), a statewide nonprofit that administers endowments for donors, scholarship fund-holders and nonprofits across North Carolina.

“The endowment was put in place to sustain the legacy of the partnership for the next 20 years,” said Tim Wilson, partner with Poyner & Spruill and DEPC board member. “It takes all of us to keep it going. The strength of the partnership is in its diversity – crossing racial and class lines to improve the quality of life for children and families. It’s this same diversity and strength of our community that will help move the partnership forward to the next 20 years.”

To donate to the DEPC Endowment Fund, please click here:

Donate to DEPC Endowment

Contribute Materials or Supplies

In-kind discounts or donations of materials/supplies for a variety of activities for children ranging from items for play-groups and school events to children’s books and door prizes.
For more information about these and other ways you can help change the future of Nash & Edgecombe County, call (252) 985-4300 or e-mail