Winston-Salem Journal - Making an impact: Pre-kindergarten initiative ramping up in schools

More than 100 4-year-olds are in pre-kindergarten classes that didn’t exist last year thanks to an effort to expand early childhood education opportunities led by Forsyth County’s business community.

Project Impact — a six-year, $45 million investment in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools — has started quietly after it was unveiled last May. The first initiative was a three-week summer program called “pathway to K” that gave incoming kindergartners who’d languished on the pre-K waiting list a crash course in school ahead of starting kindergarten.

The primary focus of Project Impact will be on early interventions following the philosophy that it’s easier to catch kids up when they’re young when the gaps are smaller.

Read more about the way this initiative is manifesting in classrooms, curricula, and children in the Winston-Salem Journal.