What We Believe


Back to Basics

Advancing measurable growth in foundational skills to position students with the basics for academic success.

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Coalition for Kids is partnering with Begin with Books, a Palmetto Project initiative, to support the expansion of Dolly Parton’s monthly books-by-mail program to 600 children in two high-poverty zip codes in Charleston County for one year. 7,200 books will be sent to the homes of children in the 29418 and 29420 zip codes.

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Palmetto Project

Educational Opportunity

Creating opportunities for all Charleston kids to receive an exceptional education, regardless of their zip code.


In May, the South Carolina Department of Education launched the Public Schools of Innovation Exploration Fellowship, a six-month learning experience to share innovative ideas in education and provide networking opportunities with a variety of education leaders. The Coalition for Kids is proud to support the Charleston County School District’s participation in this statewide initiative.

Leadership and Talent

Investing in principals, teachers and school system leaders to attract, develop and retain high quality educators.

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To invest in future leaders in Charleston and beyond, the Coalition is proud to sponsor 20-30 teacher-leaders in the Aspiring School Leaders Collaborative in South Carolina. This program will build the skills these teachers need to be powerful and positive forces for change, providing best-in-class leadership training that accelerates learning for every student in every classroom, every year.


We were proud to sponsor a table at the Charleston County School District event, “An Evening with the Stars” this year to celebrate our outstanding educators in Charleston County. The Coalition for Kids believes that we must acknowledge these educators leading the way to our children’s success!

Inspiration and Advocacy

Connect, inspire, and inform the community on promising ideas to ensure every child’s success.


In order to empower parents to demand an excellent education for all Charleston students, the Coalition for Kids is looking forward to a continued partnership with Charleston RISE. Charleston RISE mobilizes advocates and prepares them for community advocacy through participation in an intensive 30-week, two-part program, focusing on an information fellowship as well as taking part in campaigns with projects ranging from a parent advocacy program to be implemented through churches, to generating local support for high-quality public schools in North Charleston.


The Coalition believes every child deserves a trusted mentor. This year, the Coalition has supported Be A Mentor in expanding their program in Charleston County. Be A Mentor is able to make measurable differences in the lives of youth throughout the area by targeting children on the brink of success and partnering them with a mentor to develop positive relationships with caring adults who empower them to reach their full potential through mentorship.


This May, the Coalition took business and community leaders across Charleston to Dallas-Fort Worth in order to spark a conversation around building an educational ecosystem. The group visited and heard from the Leadership Academy Network, a public school of innovation network operated by autonomous organization, Rocketship public charter schools, Urban Teachers, a teacher pipeline program, the Commit Partnership, an impact organization cultivating a collaborative education ecosystem, and Parent Shield, a parent advocacy organization. The Coalition looks forward to continue to inspire and connect leaders in our community to better ensure every child’s success.


The Coalition for Kids is excited to work with Griptape, Inc. – an organization that offers young people ages 14-19 an opportunity to design a 10-week learning experience, with up to $500 to pursue this learning, and a Champion to support them. With the help of the Coalition, GripTape is working this year to expand their program to South Carolina, giving Charleston teens the chance to follow their passion and interests, from starting a podcast, to studying antibiotic resistance, in their own unique way! We are looking forward to seeing what Learning Challenges our local teens create!