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August 19, 2019                                                                        (M) 336-575-6757,


Forsyth County’s Four-Year-Olds and Pre-K Teachers Participate in Community Pre-K Parade

Celebrating their upcoming First Day of School


WHO:      Adorable, energetic, curious four-year-olds along with parents and Pre-K teachers will participate in a special Pre-K Parade celebrating the upcoming first day of school for these young students. Each participating four-year-old receives a brightly-colored “The Future is Four Years Old” T-shirt and parade accessories such as instruments, flags and banners, many made at the parade’s Pre-K Pop-Up Tent.

Family Services President and CEO Bob Feikema will walk with the families along with other community collaborators of The Pre-K Priority initiative that kicked off earlier this year.


WHAT:    The parade is the first of several community events planned for The Pre-K Priority highlighting the importance and need for affordable, quality Pre-K for all four-year-olds in Forsyth County. The Pre-K Priority is a coalition of community organizations convened by Family Services, working together to serve as a powerful, collective voice for high-quality Pre-K. With funding from a Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Great Expectations grant, Family Services is launching a public awareness campaign around “The Future of Four Years Old” theme to increase awareness and support for the value of high-quality Pre-K.


WHEN:    Saturday, August 24 immediately following the Family Services Wake-Up Walk & 5K

9:45 a.m. (parade line-up) – 10:00 a.m. (parade start) – 10:15 a.m. (expected parade finish time)


WHERE:   Bailey Park Stage, 445 Patterson Avenue, Downtown Winston-Salem


WHY:       Currently, just 1 in 3 four-year-olds in Forsyth County are headed this school year to a high-quality Pre-K program.  The Pre-K Priority aims to improve the quality and number of high-quality early childhood programs available to all four-year-olds in our community.


VISUALS: Young children, parents, teachers and community volunteers joining together for a colorful, music-filled parade. Parade finish line features a bubble machine and cheering volunteers.


Interviews available with Family Services President & CEO Bob Feikema.


ABOUT THE PRE-K PRIORITY: The Pre-K Priority was formed in 2014 by a group of early childhood professionals to explore how to improve the quality and number of early childhood programs available to all four-year-olds in Forsyth County. Studies of high-quality programs like the North Carolina Pre-K Program have found positive outcomes, including improved math and reading scores. The gains made by children enrolled in high-quality early education programs also translate to improved outcomes as adults in terms of post-secondary educational attainment, improved health status, and less contact with the criminal justice system.


ABOUT FAMILY SERVICES: For nearly 115 years, Family Services has provided high quality programs and services that help families resolve crises, protect victims of family violence, and prepare preschoolers to be ready to succeed in school. We are reaching beyond the 10,000 families we serve each year to pursue to major goals that are essential for the well-being of our entire community: 1. Making quality early childhood development  programs available to every child in Forsyth County, and 2. Ensuring that all children and families are free from the threat of family violence. To do this we are building an unprecedented network of local organizations and action-minded leaders who share our commitment to community-wide change. These partnerships are generating innovative ways to help every child and family in Forsyth County reach their full potential.