Time to do more as domestic, child violence declines

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.

Read more on efforts to support stable families in Forsyth County at the Family Services Blog.

Forsyth County Library receives Great Expectations Grant for new Central Library Children's Area

"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.

Read more about Forsyth County Library's Reading Ready for Kindergarten program.

New head of Kate B. Reynold's trust lays out her vision

“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.

Read more about Dr. Gerald's remarks and the Trust's local and state work in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Focus on Forsyth: Living and Connecting in a Community

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

Read more about parent engagement in Forsyth County at EdNC.

Developmental screenings, abundant in NC, help kids with disabilities

"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.

Read more and view coverage at WRAL.

WS/FCS Board of Education encourages parents to get involved

"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."

Read more about this parent-powered kickoff to the 2016-2017 school year at The Chronicle.