The Pre-K priority Webinar series

Pre-K Priority Reconvening Webinar

As we entered 2021, we hosted an important update on the progress of The Pre-K Priority initiative on March 2nd and 3rd. In this video, we share some exciting developments, including that by spring we expect our local elected officials will have authorized the formation of a diverse and inclusive Community Early Childhood Education Task Force. The Task Force will be charged with creating a plan for expanding high-quality Pre-K programs in Forsyth County.

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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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