We Need Your Help...

Participate in WCTE’s Day of Giving on August 21st. Participate online by CLICKING HERE or by texting GIVE2WCTE to 44-321 on August 21st! You can also support by becoming a corporate sponsor or by matching employee donations. There are a myriad of ways to contribute to this worthy cause. Your help will go towards providing permanent funding to ensure that all people have access to quality educational tools and programming, hands-on learning experiences, and community and engagement initiatives. Let’s work together to ensure the future of the region's at-risk children and the economic health of our beloved Upper Cumberland.

Rural Upper Cumberland communities face a large number of at-risk children affected by poverty, resulting in high school dropouts, incarcerations, opioid addictions, and generational poverty. Many children in the UC are isolated, have limited resources and lack education opportunities. Over time, generational poverty creates disheartening challenges. It limits the quality of the workforce, decreases job diversity, lowers income levels, and increases the number of children living in poverty.
WCTE has served as an education partner in the U for more than 40 years, providing the region with award-winning productions and educational outreach. In 2018, WCTE convened a Community Collaborative for Early Learning Media to increase the reach and effectiveness of the outreach program. In the 2018-2019 school year, exactly 2,228 educators, 2,564 families and 18,019 children benefited from hands-on experiences via the Ready To Learn PBS KIDS curriculum. These free WCTE events gave educators, families and children the opportunity to learn about STEM, early literacy strategies and the PBS KIDS apps and games.
WCTE is making a difference in the Upper Cumberland for educators, families and kids who need it the most. As a non-profit, funding for educational outreach is a challenge. All of the free resources for participants are NOT free for WCTE. In the past, we've diligently written grants to keep the mission going. That can be tenuous and limited source of funding at best. Diversified funding is crucial to ensure the future of our education outreach initiatives. Your help will go towards providing permanent funding to ensure that all people have access to quality educational tools and programming, hands-on learning experiences, and community and engagement initiatives.

The Need: Educating At-Risk Children

Rural Upper Cumberland communities face a large number of at-risk children affected by poverty than more urban communities in Tennessee, resulting in a higher number of high school dropouts, incarcerations, opioid addictions, homelessness and generational poverty. Many children in the Upper Cumberland are isolated, have limited resources, and lack education.

Over time, generational poverty creates disheartening challenges. It limits the quality of the workforce, decreases job diversity, lowers income levels, and increases the number of children living in poverty.

Currently, 18.9% of adults in the Upper Cumberland don’t have a high school diploma and 14.7% are living in poverty. In Putnam County alone, 40% of students start school below the skill level needed for kindergarten readiness and 58% of them are economically disadvantaged.