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.
Below you will find news from the Trust.
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.
As we near the end of the year, I want to share what we’ve been focusing on in 2017 at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and give you a glimpse of what’s ahead.
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.
While the entire nation felt the impact of the Great Recession in 2009, rural areas like Edgecombe and Nash Counties were particularly hit hard. At the time, the region led North Carolina in unemployment at 15 percent, as the traditional drivers of the local economy – textile and tobacco – slowly eroded, and affordable housing was hard to come by.
Dr. Nolo Martínez and his team at Nolo Consulting are directing the Forsyth Family Voices Learning Network, a series of listening and learning gatherings with parents and providers in Forsyth County. We sat down with Dr. Martinez to learn more.
What is the Learning Network all about?
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announces more than one million dollars in health coverage grants
With support from the Trust, organizations across North Carolina are expanding efforts to help North Carolinians identify and secure health insurance plans, with the goal of making health care services more affordable and accessible.
Investment Part of Long-Term Healthy Places NC Initiative
With support from the Trust, a local integrated care service provider is redesigning how to provide residents access to mental health and substance abuse treatment options. This investment is part of Healthy Places NC—the Trust’s long-term commitment to improving the health of residents in the state’s rural, under-resourced counties.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is excited to share the February 2018 grant cycle announcements. To be eligible for funding, applicants must complete an advance consultation with the Trust before submitting an application.
Please find the Local Impact in Forsyth County funding announcement here.
Please find the Health Improvement in North Carolina funding announcement here.
Residents in Edgecombe and Nash Counties are working together to improve the health of the community by tackling the issues of fair housing and food access.