Current Grantees

Our latest round of Great Expectations 2017 funding supports the following grantees.

Family Services
Imprints Cares
Smart Start of Forsyth County
Amos Cottage at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Family Services

Family Services, Inc. envisions Forsyth County as a community working together to ensure that all families and children are safe, secure, and able to reach their full potential. Family Services’ collaboration with government, education, other nonprofits, and citizens expands access to needed services, with the aim of building a nurturing, sustainable community through multifaceted programming.

Based in Winston-Salem, NC
Robert J. Feikema, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Nagaishi, Director, Family Solutions Division

Project: Forsyth County School Readiness Project (FCSRP)                                                 The School Readiness Project works with teachers to improve children's social skills and emotional health, reduce challenging behaviors, prevent preschool suspensions, and mitigate teacher stress, burnout, and turnover. This continuing program will reach young children in over fourteen Head Start classrooms. Forsyth County School Readiness Project connects teachers to mental health consultants who offer coaching and guidance in classroom-management and stress-reduction strategies, assess the needs of children through observations, and provide mental health treatment. Expected classroom–level improvements and student gains will be measured through assessments and the longitudinal observations of mental health consultants and teachers this year including community child care centers and pre-K classrooms in the school district. 

photo by Christine Rucker

photo by Christine Rucker

Project: Universal Pre-K Coordinator for Forsyth County                                             Almost half of the children entering school in Forsyth County are at risk of falling behind their peers in reading. Great Expectations is funding a project coordinator to examine the impact that Universal Pre-K could have in Forsyth County. This project coordinator will build on research conducted by Forsyth County’s collaborative Universal Pre-K Steering Committee. Community members, existing participants in the Universal Pre-K work, and this new Family Services project coordinator will expand the study, planning, and implementation of Universal Pre-K moving forward.

Imprints Cares

Imprints Cares is an early childhood education nonprofit, helping to break the cycle of poverty, giving children the early start they need in life through education and health services. Their work is about leveling the playing field for families in need by nurturing children and supporting parents—, unlocking their full potential.

Based in Winston-Salem, NC
Nikki Byers, Executive Director
Berta Andrade, Director, Ready for School Programs

Project: The Pediatric Holistic Health Initiative                                                                      Imprints Cares has been co-located at Downtown Health Plaza since 2011, providing parenting and family support services to patients. Last year, Imprints expanded its services by initiating a tiered-based approach for services, their "Ready for School Program", that included Pediatrics Partnership, Home Visiting, Family & Neighborhood Academy, and Strong @ Home collaborative program services. Imprints will expand services in its Pediatrics Partnership program by expanding staff presence at the Downtown Health Plaza, Winston East, and Westgate Pediatric practices. This tiered model of services includes office-based interventions during a medical visit, office-based support and phone follow-up, in-home breastfeeding support, family group connections, and intensive and non-intensive home visiting services for financially disadvantaged families with children from birth to five.

 

Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC)

Smart Start of Forsyth County serves children from birth to five (prior to kindergarten entry) by supporting children, parents, educators, centers, and policy makers through collaborative programs, consumer education, and advocacy. As a partnering organization with the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) and by legislative design, SSFC is charged with the quality and progress of Forsyth County’s early-learning system.

Based in Winston-Salem, NC    
Larry Vellani, Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Whitley, Director, Teaching & Learning Services

Project: Introducing Help Me Grow to Forsyth County                                                         Help Me Grow is an evidence-based system that assists families, primary care practices, and other community-based providers in identifying developmental or behavioral concerns in young children.  It establishes an inventory of appropriate resources and helps families connect with them. Great Expectations is exploring the potential effectiveness ofHelp Me Grow inForsyth County, funding research and analysis, as it could prove to be a promising solution to improving connections to services for families with young children. Help Me Grow’s one-stop, centralized call center could be used to answer any Forsyth County parents concerns related to their child’s development from birth to five and then connect them to the appropriate community service. The assessment and evaluation of implementing the Help Me Grow in Forsyth County is a collaborative, evolving process. Smart Start will facilitate the conversations moving forward towards integrating the model into the Forsyth County early childhood system.

   

 

 

Amos Cottage at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Wake Forest Baptist Health serves the families of Forsyth County in an integrated system, from the Medical Center Campus. Amos Cottage is a component of Wake Forest Baptist Health and is a licensed site for Children’s Developmental Service Agencies services in Winston-Salem. They provide early intervention and developmental delay screening services for children aged three through seven.

Based in Winston-Salem, NC    
Lisa Aft, Executive Administrator

Project: Therapeutic Outdoor Play Space
The outdoor play space will be designed to provide children a naturally therapeutic play space, allowing for opportunities to explore and play creatively with peers using a wide variety of components called "loose parts" that provide maximum opportunity for creativity and challenge with the least amount of constraint. Loose parts are things like PVC pipe, bamboo sticks, a teepee base, ropes, swings, ladders and pulleys. Community professionals will be trained to integrate the use of outdoor space in their own settings to facilitate social practice.  The Department of Social Services and local childcare centers will be some of the community partners developing this space.