Good news on the decline in domestic abuse led the dynamic organizations that worked to get domestic abuse down in the community, as the Family Violence Prevention Initiative, to reconvene. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the District Attorney’s office, the Department of Public Health, the Hispanic League, Salem College, Winston-Salem State University, and the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter are currently at work in integrated teams, and will share action plans in early 2017.
"The grant will be used to purchase books, technology and other learning aids and resources to increase the preparedness and foundation of children from birth to five years to enter kindergarten ready for success in school and beyond.", FCPL shared.
In this opinion piece, Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services, shares his thoughts on the vitality of support for early care and learning after years of work and dedicated colleagues in the Forsyth Community.
“Every parent is an expert on their child,” Gerald said. “Families know what their children need.” At the Trust's hometown reception, Dr. Laura Gerald shared the experiences, beliefs, and efforts driving their work to improve health outcomes in rural communities across the state and readiness for kindergarten and life in Forsyth County households through Great Expectations.
Family Services' Child Development (FSCD) program will host National Childhood Nutrition Day Breakfast in partnership with local chefs and the Chef and Child Organization to raise awareness about lacking good nutrition amongst Forsyth County's child population.
Carolyn Moolhuyzen, a care management team leader at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, shares her experience of and processes for prenatal care to ensure the health of mothers and their babies on the way.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools started off this year's Parent Power programming with “All In: Educating our children together”. The event was full of songs, signs, and inspirational videos and words from educators and community members in support of the parental involvement and community engagement that build the foundation for children's thriving.
"We share the philosophy and vision that neither schools, nor other entities providing a service to children and families, can do it alone.” - Khari Garvin, Great Expectations Program Director
"Every child is unique, which means they don't all develop in the same way." 91 percent of primary care practices in the state include screening for developmental delays in well child visits, but a lack in some communities' access to pediatricians and appointments means some children are not screened or connected to care. Early intervention ensures children are better prepared to succeed when they reach Kindergarten.
"Throughout the summer months, school board members worked with parents, teachers, administrators and others in the community to create a list of words that will be associated with the overall mission of the district. Afterward, several stakeholders decided that student-centered, collaboration; accountability, integrity, high expectations, and equity are what the district should value most."