EdNC - The intersection of health and literacy

"By changing the way parents interact with their children daily around language and literacy, we will prepare children for lifelong success. And, by changing the way primary care physicians are trained, will create a whole new generation of medical providers addressing the social determinants of health and making the healthy development of children a priority, to help build secure families and strong communities."

Read more on the impact of education and health on child poverty and long-term opportunity from Reach Out and Read Carolina's Callee Boulware at EdNC.

Focus on Forsyth - Making a good thing even better: Reach Out and Read

In this Focus on Forsyth, EdNC dug into the Reach Out and Read model of partnering with medical facilities to make books a fundamental part of every child's periodic well visits from infancy to age five.

It's an impactful national program brought to nine sites in the Forsyth community with the support of Smart Start of Forsyth County, another Great Expectations grantee.  

Visit EdNC to read this piece. 

Learn more about our work with Reach Out and Read.

Winston-Salem Journal - Dr. Laura Gerald: We're listening at KBR -- and learning

"I understand we need to listen collectively to the parents in Forsyth County, so that together we can find ways to best prepare children to succeed in school... We’re eager to hear what parents say they need and what they bring to the table, before we prescribe solutions. We also have to listen to what the whole community needs and take stock of the good work being done by so many for our children. This helps us identify what’s working, spot gaps or redundancies in services, and stimulate solutions."

Read more about how listening and learning are essential to Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's investment in Great Expectations, at the Winston-Salem Journal.

You can learn all about our findings from FFV and ECSSA in our 'Key Projects' section (or by clicking right here). 

Winston-Salem Journal - Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust early childhood initiative aims at better understanding community's needs

"This new round of funding for the Trust's Great Expectations initiative will continue its commitment to early childhood development but with a more nuanced focus, driven by a months-long effort to better understand the community's needs and capacity." 

Learn more about the new grant cycle for Great Expectations in the Winston-Salem Journal.

News & Observer - Poor reading skills stymie children and the N.C. economy

"First, we must implement a comprehensive, coordinated system that ensures accountability and alignment of birth through age 8 programs that put children on the path to reading proficiency.

Second, we must develop data systems that follow children’s progress and allow for early interventions to keep children progressing toward literacy in third grade.

Third, we must expand access to NC Pre-K – our high-quality pre-K program for four-year-olds – to give more of our children an opportunity to achieve reading proficiency by third grade.

No state has implemented all of the recommendations proposed by the Business Roundtable. We want North Carolina to be the first. I and my fellow North Carolina CEOs are committed to improving early childhood literacy. It is essential to the children of North Carolina, to North Carolina businesses, and to our state’s economy."

Read more of Jim Goodnight's Op-Ed in the News and Observer.