April 23 Raising Every Child Benefit Luncheon Postponed

Robert Putnam speaks at the 2016 REC Luncheon

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JUNE 2014

A group of local early childhood professionals comes together to form the Universal Pre-K Steering

Committee to explore how to improve the quality and expand the capacity for four-year-olds.

MARCH 2015

Universal Pre-K Initiative Steering Committee convenes a forum for professionals involved in early childhood education work to discuss the factors that need to be considered in creating a quality Universal Pre-K system.

MAY 2015

Harvard University study finds that Forsyth County is among the worst counties in the U.S. for helping poor children escape poverty.


Robert Putnam presents his groundbreaking research on the “opportunity gap” and begins a

community conversation.

The Universal Pre-K Initiative position paper is published and shared with community.

MARCH 2017

Billionaire philanthropist George Kaiser speaks to local leaders about how Oklahoma introduced

Universal Pre-K.

JULY 2017

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grants funds to Family Services to hire a coordinator to aid the work of the Universal Pre-K Steering committee.

Workgroups form and make a plan.


Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone in Harlem, NY, teaches us that “what happens by age 5 lasts a lifetime.”

JUNE 2018

Community listening sessions are held at various locations to better understand the perception of Pre-K.


The Universal Pre-K Steering Committee names its effort The Pre-K Priority and launches the PreKPriority.org landing page.


Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grants funds to Family Services for community-wide advocacy awareness campaign launched in fall 2019.

APRIL 2019

Pre-K Priority reports its findings and recommendations in “Building the Foundation for the

Future of Forsyth County.”

MAY 2019

Third annual Raising Every Child benefit luncheon and community conversation with Dr. Ken Dodge.


Public awareness and advocacy campaign will launch on the community-wide,

long term benefits for child, family and community.


Will the promise be fulfilled?