Pre-K model Cohort Classrooms

In 2023, Forsyth County Commissioners and The City of Winston-Salem approved over $4M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funds to support increased quality standards in a model cohort of 32 Pre-K classrooms representative of the Pre-K landscape across Forsyth County.

Hear how these classrooms are making a difference.

The Pre-K priority Webinar series

Forsyth County Early Childhood Education Task Force Webinar

On November 16, 2022, The PreK Priority hosted a panel discussion with members of the Forsyth County Early Childhood Education Task Force facilitated by Liz Bell with EdNC.

Task Force members shared findings and recommendations and discussed how The PreK Priority coalition is working toward increasing access to high-quality PreK for all families in Forsyth County. Topics include: advocacy, recruitment and retention of educators, and support for children and families.

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Pre-K and the Economy

In this installment of our ongoing series, we welcome panelists with diverse backgrounds and economic aspects related to the early childhood care and education landscape.

Dr. Alice Etim, Professor of Management Information Systems at Winston-Salem State University, Dr. James Etim, Professor of Education at Winston-Salem State University, Mrs. Katura Jackson, Executive Director of Child Care Resource Center, and Mr. Calvin McRae, Vice President of Public Policy at Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. (formerly the W-S Chamber of Commerce) will share perspectives on Pre-K and our current local and national economic situation as well as the integral role of high-quality Pre-K to create and sustain a healthy economy.

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Quality and Quantity in Pre-K

What are the components of a high-quality Pre-K classroom? Why does high-quality make such a big difference in getting children ready to succeed in school? How is it that Forsyth County receives so little state and local funding for Pre-K in comparison with other counties?

Join us for the answers to these and other questions about the status of high-quality Pre-K in our community. This webinar is moderated by Bob Feikema, President & CEO of Family Services. Panelists include Dr. Beth Day-Hairston, Chair of the Department of Education at Winston-Salem State University; Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant in the Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction; and Louis Finney, CEO of Smart Start of Forsyth County.

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Educational Equity Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 we heard from members of The Pre-K Priority along with state and local community leaders as they discuss equity, quality, Forsyth County statistics, and the economy as it relates to Pre-K. This webinar is moderated by Shenell Thompson, Senior Program Officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Panelists include Kellie Easton, Executive Director of Action4Equity, Dr. Ebonyse Mead, President of the Educational Equity Institute, and Bob Feikema, CEO of Family Services.

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focus on four

Focus on Four

Educators, parents, and community leaders discuss the importance of Pre‑K.

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