Get Set Wins National Award

Get Set Transylvania is Awarded Top Honor by the National Association of Counties



Transylvania County earns national achievement award Best in Category for Get Set Transylvania

WASHINGTON – Get Set Transylvania has been recognized with a Best in Category Achievement Award for Children and Youth Programs from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized Get Set Transylvania Early Childhood Collective for the county’s work to improve the lives of children through the support and collaboration with over 22 other organizations in Transylvania County that serve families and children.  Get Set started with a stakeholder meeting hosted by county government in 2015 and formed the Early Childhood Initiative releasing the State of the Young Child Report in late 2015 that provided a data-informed road map of the issues children and their families in Transylvania County faced.  Get Set was chosen in 2018 to become the first rural community nationwide to partner with Sesame Workshop’s Sesame Street in Communities.

“Get Set is a community collective that leverages the strengths of the different organizations involved to do what we can to tackle needs and problems in our community.  This is a grassroots effort that makes the best of the resources and talent we have on hand and pairs that with advocacy to address the issues that are not in our local control.  This award recognizes the tireless effort of our Get Set partners and acknowledges how truly innovative Get Set is for both early childhood efforts and for community work,” County Commissioner Page Lemel said.

NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.  Get Set Transylvania stood out among 616 entries from counties across 32 states to be recognized among 18 total best in show award recipients.