For all children, learning begins long before they ever enter a classroom. And many new mothers—whether they are first-time parents or are caring for multiple children—have questions and need support. At the Trust, we believe every mother—and family—should have access to the information and resources she needs to feel confident in caring for her baby and herself, as she becomes her child’s first and most important teacher. Forsyth Connects is a universal home visiting program available to all mothers and babies in the county.
Dr. Nolo Martínez and his team at Nolo Consulting are directing the Forsyth Family Voices Learning Network, a series of listening and learning gatherings with parents and providers in Forsyth County. We sat down with Dr. Martinez to learn more.
"As a resident of Forsyth County, I don’t think we have bet enough on the knowledge of people living in poverty and what they can do if they come together," said Nolo.
We are pleased to announce our grants process for the February 13, 2018, application deadline.
Through our Local Impact in Forsyth County program area, the Trust will continue its long-term commitments to Great Expectations and to improving the quality of life of financially disadvantaged residents in Forsyth County.
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.