The Delta Health Alliance

Deer Creek Promise Community


The goal of the Deer Creek Promise Community is to ensure that all children served by the Hollandale and Leland school districts are ready for Kindergarten, that students get help quickly, that young people graduate, and transition topost-secondary education.The Deer Creek Promise Community initiative consists of 30 programs that work together to expand the health careand educational oppor-tunities for children and their families in Arcola, Hollandale, Leland andthe surrounding un-incorporated areas.

These programs willhelp with prenatal care all the way through high school graduation andon to post-secondaryeducation, creating apath for students to launch a career.

The Deer Creek Promise Community unites health care, education, government, community, and faith-based organizations to develop a “pipeline” of academic, family, and community resources.

Sponsored by Delta Health Alliance, the Deer Creek Promise Community is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It is modeled aftera similar grant that created the Indianola Promise Community in Sunflower County. This grant, and the one for Indianola, are two of only four such grants awarded to rural areas in the country.

This initiative offers a collective approach, with our partner agencies complementing each other and working together in a coordinated fashion. Eachprogram is rigorously assessed against objective criteria in order to ensure its success. The partners have committed to work with all segments of our population; to communicate regularly and share data; and to support comprehensive solutions that can drive sustainable improvements in the Deer Creek community of Washington County.


How the Deer Creek Promise Community Works:

— In-home visitation programs by trained staff to help improve prenatal care, and the health and development of children.

— Books provided free ona monthly basis to children and their parents, for ages birth to five.

— College and career courses, including ACT prep, tutoring, and hands-on training for specific workforce skills.

— Special classes geared toward helping students excel academically.

— Parenting and familysupport initiatives toprevent and treat behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. Special outreach initiatives, designed for different age groups, focused on reducing alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse.

— Summer enrichment camps to prevent “summer learning loss” and special preparatory programs for children entering kindergarten and Head Start.

— Outreach courses directed at teenagers to reduce pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

— Programs that encourage parents to become more involved in the schools.

— Trained literacy coaches to help students pass the 3rd Grade reading gate test.

— Classes for childrenages 3-8 who have communication deficiencies in speech and vocabulary as they prepare for kinder-garten and first grade.


Our Partners
Care Bears ChildDevelopment Center
Children’s Defense Fund
City of Leland
Delta Council
Delta Housing Development Corporation
Dolly Parton Foundation – Imagination Library
Fun-Shine Daycare Center
Girls Scouts Heart of the South
Guaranty Bank & Trust
Hollandale School District
Keplere Institute
Leland Deacon Alliance
Leland Medical Clinic
Leland School District
Lil Darlings LearningCenter
Mississippi DeltaCommunity College
Mississippi StateDepartment of Education
Mississippi StateDepartment of Health
Mother Goose LearningCenter Site 2
South Delta Regional Housing Authority
Teach for America
Town of Arcola
Town of Hollandale
United States Department of Education
Warren-Washington-Issaquena-SharkeyCommunity ActionAgency, Inc
Washington County Economic Alliance
Washington County Opportunities, Inc.
Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Creek Promise Community435 Stoneville Rd, Stoneville, MS 38776

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