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 to post-secondary education. The Deer Creek Promise Community initiative consists of 30 programs that work together to expand the health careand educational opportunities for children and their families in Arcola, Hollandale, Leland and the 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.

DCPC 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
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How DCPC Works

The Deer Creek Promise Community works by providing: — 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
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Service Area Map

Similar to the Promise Community in Indianola, the Deer Creek Promise Community focuses on the students who attend the Hollandale School District and the Leland School District on the eastern side of Washington County. As with IPC, the project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant, and the one that funds the work in Indianola, are two of only three
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The DCPC Steering Committee

Mrs. Lisa Bush, Leland Mr. Edward Holmes, Leland Mr. Joe Patterson, Leland Mrs. Stephanie Patton, Leland Ms. Maxine Harris, Arcola Sen. Buck Clarke, Hollandale Mr. Roy Schilling, Hollandale Mr. Howard Sanders, Hollandale Mr. Robert Burford, Hollandale, Rev. Carl Dorsey, Hollandale Mrs. Jobana Frey, Hollandale