The Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem opened its doors to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 31, 2017. "Libraries are for everyone and are some of the most diverse public spaces in our community,” says library board chair Donna Staley.
“Children living in poverty are at greater risk for developing physical and mental health issues that can negatively impact their ability to succeed in school,” said the Kate B. Reynolds Trust’s Joe Crocker.
The Pediatric Holistic Health Initiative is a collaborative with Imprints Cares, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Family Services to provide families access to a tiered-level of education and health services such as one-on-one consultations and child assessments, intensive and non-intensive home visits, and mental health support so that children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
"Nonprofit news this week includes more than $1 million to support children's education, plus Greensboro Habitat's new "Rock the Block" program and donations and grants supporting pantries, scholarships and venture grants."
"The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem awarded over $1 million in grants to local groups that work to help young children in Forsyth County succeed in school.
Funding from the grants support health clinics that work to connect low-income families to other services, such as home visitations and mental health counseling; collaboration among local agencies that provide health and developmental services; and research on the effectiveness of “universal” pre-kindergarten programs in the county."
The Kate B. Reynolds Trust has made some new investments to support Forsyth County children's success. These grants build on information gleaned from Forsyth Family Voices, a listening and learning effort to gather insights from parents and providers in our community.
“This is what is exciting about Forsyth Family Voices—the work to amplify family voice and strengthen agency practice is building a strong foundation for equity in our community.”, said Tracey Greene-Washington, director of special initiatives at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
Dr. Laura Gerald, MD discusses the role philanthropies like the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust can play in improve lives through supporting unique health care programs with Leslie Boney of the Institute of Emerging Issues. On First in Future, Boney asks thought leaders in North Carolina to share their ideas of the future.
Asking, "how do children in your community fare?", these data cards, resources, and ideas for transforming data into action are available to all interested in supporting children in North Carolina.
North Carolina Pre-K is a state-funded program administered by the Division of Child Development and Early Education within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The program serves eligible four-year-olds in classroom-based educational programs in five settings, including public schools, private child care centers (both for-profit and nonprofit), and Head Start sites (in both public and private facilities).
“It’s a week that makes us stop and remember how important young children are,” Phillips said. “And how the education and the services they receive throughout their lives is so critical to their success.”
Students listened to some of their fellow classmates serenade them with violins as they filed into the auditorium. They sang “This Little Light of Mine” in a musical jam session. And they had the chance to dance in the aisles along with the faculty of their school.