A pilot in-home nurse visit initiative, patterned after a Forsyth Medical Center program, is being rolled out in two counties for first-time mothers and women who are having high-risk pregnancies. Richard Craver, journalnow.com, March 20, 2018
Great Expectations News
Our Great Expectations initiative works to ensure that children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life. We believe that listening to and learning from our community is an essential part of everything we do. Through this listening process, we have learned that families experiencing poverty in Forsyth County—often families of color—have not had a strong voice in decision-making when it comes to addressing the needs of their children.
Congratulations to Trust President Dr. Laura Gerald on her appointment to North Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Appointed by Governor Cooper, council members work to provide leadership in the development of a premiere early learning and development system for children birth to age 8.
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.
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.