A state child advocacy group has added its voice to those urging the Republican-controlled legislature to expand Medicaid to more than 500,000 North Carolinians. States that have expanded Medicaid have a lower infant mortality rate than those who haven’t, NC Child said in a 2016 report.
Great Expectations News
State leaders are proudly united in the belief that we must dramatically improve reading skills for our youngest students, since early literacy is the foundation for all of the skills and knowledge that come later. Leslie Boney, The News & Observer, February 1, 2018
For all children, learning begins long before they ever enter a classroom. And many new mothers—whether they are first-time parents or are caring for multiple children—have questions and need support. At the Trust, we believe every mother—and family—should have access to the information and resources she needs to feel confident in caring for her baby and herself, as she becomes her child’s first and most important teacher.
Nurse Family Partnership in Forsyth County, which helps first-time, low-income mothers, is celebrating its 5th anniversary.
What We Believe
At the Trust, we believe we need to work together to ensure the young children of Forsyth County, North Carolina—especially those in financially disadvantaged families—meet developmentally-appropriate milestones in their first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life. That’s why we launched Great Expectations in 2015.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust today announced Great Expectations’ grants aimed at helping young children in Forsyth County enter school ready to learn and leave set for success.
The Trust’s investments build on information gleaned from Forsyth Family Voices, a listening and learning effort to gather insights from parents and providers in our community. Grants were also informed by a thorough analysis of existing gaps in the early childhood system.
The Week of the Young Child is an annual event from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). During the week, participating schools have a different daily theme. Alex Granados, EdNC.org, April 25, 2017
Parades, parents becoming a “Kid for a Day,” working on an outdoor garden, and visits from a giant frog will be among the fun activities celebrating the Week of the Young Child from April 24 through April 28. Kim Underwood, Winston-Salem Forsyth County School, April 19, 2017