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Local chefs to serve children, families on Child Nutrition Day

Family Services will once again team up with the Chef and Child Foundation of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to raise awareness about the prevalence of childhood hunger in Forsyth County and to emphasize the importance of good nutrition. North Carolina is fortunate to have a [...]

Children: The Silent Victims of Family Violence

by Fulton McSwain Family violence is a significant public health concern that demands community-wide attention. The effects of domestic violence on women have been well documented; however, the impact on children who witness domestic violence has received less attention. This is surprising, considering that an estimated three to four million children are at risk of [...]

Raising Every Child is underscores importance of closing the opportunity gap in Forsyth County

2016 Raising Every Child Program 2016 Raising Every Child Photo Gallery Raising Every Child Benefit Luncheon with Robert Putnam. November 1, 11:30 AM. Downtown Marriott This week, Family Services launched a landmark annual event to build a community of champions committed to elevating the well-being of all children in Forsyth County. Nationally acclaimed [...]

By | 2017-07-13T17:05:36+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We must invest in young children to thrive

Opinion by Robert J. Feikema, President and CEO, Family Services As published in the Winston-Salem Journal, November 2, 2016 The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the finest examples of industrial site repurposing in the country. Twenty-five years in the making, it began as a response to an economy reeling from a devastating series [...]

Robert Putnam to headline Raising Every Child Benefit Luncheon

Putnam’s return visit to Winston-Salem underscores the belief that communities flourish when all children have access to opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential and contribute back to community life. Family Services will host acclaimed author and social scientist Robert D. Putnam who is helping to kick off the first annual Raising Every Child community [...]

Children learn best with full bellies

NATIONAL CHILDHOOD NUTRITION DAY BREAKFAST OCTOBER 17, 2016 Healthy nutrition is an important component to child development and to preparing for success in school and in life. This is critical for children of all ages, yet particularly important for young children whose brain development is rapidly forming. That’s why Family Services Child Development (FSCD) program [...]

From Vision to Provision – Strategy in Action

President and CEO Bob Feikema offers a state-of-the-agency report and an overview of the agency strategy and changes for Fiscal Year 2016-17. His executive summary follows, with a link to his full report. July 1, 2016 marks a remarkable period in the history of Family Services in terms of what took place over the preceding [...]

Funding Is Secured for Project to Help Families with Young Children Thrive

Family Services is pleased to announce that a collaboration of five leading community agencies has received grants from three major community funding organizations for a project that will improve the lives of families with young children in vulnerable neighborhoods. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the United Way of Forsyth County, and The Winston-Salem Foundation, [...]

Teaching with Intentionality

Spotlight on: Head Start Teacher Gail Litman By Michelle Melton Children and families in Head Start have a big job. They need to get ready for Kindergarten. Our 56 Head Start teachers have a big job, too. They provide customized learning experiences that enhance the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of at-risk young children, [...]

By | 2017-06-09T10:23:44+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Strengthening relationships between fathers and children

Event Photo Gallery Every father wants to be a good parent and role model for his children. On May 11, 2016, just prior to the start of the summer break, 53 families attended an evening event dedicated to enriching relationships between children and their fathers or father figures. Family Servcies Child Development offered the Father/Father [...]