the future is
four years old

We’re The Pre-K Priority — a coalition of community organizations and individuals committed to improving the number of affordable, high-quality Pre-K programs available to all four-year-olds in Forsyth County.

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Teachers.
Artists.
Physicians.
Social Workers.

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With a nod to all the little creators across our community, we’re committed to celebrating the imagination of 4-year-olds, as well as creating something we can all be proud of in Forsyth County: Pre-K for all four-year-olds.

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Teachers.
Artists.
Physicians.
Social Workers.

What is the pre-K priority?

Of the approximately 4,500 four years olds in Forsyth County each year, 2,700 are eligible for publicly-funded Pre-K based on family income, yet only 1,300 children are enrolled due to insufficient state and local funding. At the same time, middle-class families struggle to find affordable, high-quality Pre-K programs. We can do better.

The Pre-K Priority educates and advocates for affordable, high-quality Pre-K programs in Forsyth County. We invite community support and input while seeking the commitment of public officials, business leaders, and neighborhood champions to bring about successful efforts to expand pre-k education.

Seeking quality Pre-K?

Request a child care specialist to help in your search for a PreK arrangement that best fits your child and family’s needs. Visit childcareresourcecenter.org or call (336) 245-4900.

Why Pre-K?

High-quality early learning through Pre-K helps children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

Child
benefits

Builds brain architecture during the critical, early years of life — academically, socially, and emotionally

Fewer children require special education programs which cost nearly twice as much as regular classroom education

family
benefits

Allows families to pursue
employment knowing their children are safe and receiving high-quality care

Increases self-sufficiency in the future with a full-time job and home ownership

community
benefits

Helps close the achievement gap, and academic proficiency, high school graduation rates, and college attendance

Children will become adults who are well-prepared for the workforce and military

economic
benefits

Every $1 invested yields $7 in long-term economic savings

Benefits all children and has even
greater impact on economically disadvantaged students

Take the Pre-k Pledge

Ensuring that every child begins school on track academically and socially is one of the best investments we can make as parents, employers, and citizens. Therefore:

  • I support access to affordable, high quality Pre-K for every 4-year old in Forsyth County.
  • I support increasing the availability of high-quality Pre-K programs in our community.
  • I support Forsyth County Commissioners making Pre-K a priority in the 2020–2021 budget so that high-quality Pre-K is an affordable and accessible option for all families in Forsyth County.
  • I value and appreciate our teachers, staff, and administrators, and thereby support compensation practices reflecting their importance.

Thanks for your support!

Ensuring that every child begins school on track academically and socially is one of the best investments we can make as parents, employers and citizens. I support access to affordable, high-quality Pre-K for every 4-year old in Forsyth County.

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parent/caregiver survey

We want to hear from parents of young children (up to age seven) in Forsyth County! Take this survey to help improve educational programs for our PreK children and contribute to a big, positive effect on our community for years to come! Fifty people will win a $50 gift card!

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communications toolkit

We want YOU to help us spread the word about how our community could benefit from high-quality PreK for every four-year-old.

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Pre-K Priority Logo & Guidelines

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resources

Have questions about what the PreK Priority does? Need some help communicating the importance of high-quality PreK?

Talking Points
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Letters and Contacts

parent/caregiver survey

We want to hear from parents of young children (up to age seven) in Forsyth County! Take this survey to help improve educational programs for our PreK children and contribute to a big, positive effect on our community for years to come! Fifty people will win a $50 gift card!

Take the survey

Of the roughly 4,500 four-year-olds in Forsyth County, only

33%

are enrolled in high-quality Pre-K programs.

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In North Carolina, the average annual cost for full-day care for four- year-olds is

$7,920

In comparison, the average annual cost of tuition and fees at a public college is $7,385.

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In Forsyth County, approximately

2,700

four-year-olds are eligible for enrollment in a publicly-funded Pre-K program.

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Studies show as many as

90%

of households would enroll their children in early childhood programs if they could afford the high cost.

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The Power of Pre-K

Affordable, high-quality Pre-K in Forsyth County is something we can all be proud of.

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Read more about how we’re building a foundation for the future of Forsyth County.

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