Children & Education

We believe all children are precious.

We strive to do our part to ensure that children in Charlotte — whether housed or without housing — have access to quality preschool education, support for their basic needs, and quality education. We specifically focus our efforts through a strong partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. 

Rama Road Elementary SCHOOL

In 2008, Christ Church began a partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. Approximately 85% of this student body qualify for free or reduced lunch. Christ Church sponsors a Communities in Schools Coordinator position. In addition to having a case load of at-risk students, this person facilitates the work of our volunteers. Christ Church parishioners volunteer over 3,500 hours a year at Rama Road Elementary School. Opportunities abound to get involved. LEARN MORE »

Freedom School

Freedom School provides quality summer programs for students in grades K-8 in the Charlotte community. Christ Church assisted in sponsorship and provided volunteers for a Freedom School at Christ Lutheran Church in the summers of 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Christ Church sponsored its first Freedom School at Rama Road Elementary. Sixty-seven children from the school attended the summer program, and over 120 Christ Church parishioners volunteered. Our Rama site has a teen board where teens can volunteer two weeks of their time in the classroom and on field trips.  
SERVE: Chaperone field trips, serve as Harambee readers, lead afternoon activities, and host activities off campus. Youth are encouraged to serve. LEARN MORE »

Other Partners

The Learning Collaborative - This comprehensive pre-school program facilitates hands-on involvement between teachers, students, families, patrons, and the community. Volunteers provide transportation, meals, speech/language/literacy development, and intensive family support. The Learning Collaborative helps children be ready and excited to learn as they enter kindergarten, while coaching parents to participate in their child’s education as both teacher and advocate. Ongoing support is needed to collect supplies for children. 

Thompson Child and Family Focus - Founded in 1886 as an orphanage, Thompson is a non-profit organization operating three distinct campuses, each providing comprehensive education, treatment, and care for children (birth to 18 years) in need. Thompson cares for children with a range of challenges, from the most severe cases of abuse and neglect, to instances where families lack the means or tools to provide quality care and education. Thompson offers a stable environment in which to build a child’s inner strength. It is contracted with all Managed Care Organizations in North Carolina and is associated with the Episcopal church. A Child’s Place (ACP) became a program of Thompson as a result of a merger in February 2020. ACP is a specialized, intensive case management service for families and children experiencing homelessness, focusing on three key priorities: access to resources, engage in healthy and supportive relationships, and increase self-sufficiency.

Foster Village creates connection with dignity for children and families experiencing foster care by meeting urgent needs, providing educational and emotional support, and advocating as a collective community voice for children.

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing superior dual-language early childhood education. The preschool supports students' families with parenting, life skills and English-language classes, enabling them to sustain and nurture their children's educational and emotional development.

Profound Gentlemen - Their mission is to build a community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color. They seek to dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline by establishing a cradle to career pipeline for boys of color. Profound Gentlemen leads its work through the lens of hope. Hope is inclusivity to their work without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status. 

The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction)- The ROC's mission is to recruit, educate and mentor high school students in Charlotte, NC for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Junior and seniors from selected Title 1 schools on the west side of Charlotte will participate in The ROC program. Embedded within this mission is for The ROC to be an integral part of a community-wide upward mobility solution for at-risk minority teenagers. The ROC program is an accredited Youth Apprenticeship program which prepares students under the age of 18 for “entry” into full time construction work.  The ROC Youth Apprenticeship program involves a combination of structured classroom and applied learning on the job (i.e. Work Based Learning) which ensures Youth Apprentices are obtaining marketable industry recognized skills as they progress.

The Academy of Goal Achievers (TAOGA) - The Academy of Goal Achievers is a solution for the economic mobility crisis for underserved communities. Their purpose is to provide school and community based youth leadership mentoring groups that will empower young adults to be active leaders in their schools, communities and families, while preparing them for postsecondary success. They believe when safe spaces are created for young adults to build self-esteem, gain new knowledge, create new relationships and they’re  empowered to give of their time, talents and treasures back into their respective communities, develops active youth leaders and change family generational cycles. Their work focus on, “developing youth leaders and preparing high school students and parents for post-secondary education and careers that consist of a two generational approach.”