What can 1 million NC 4-year-olds teach us about Pre-K?


Who:         DR. KEN DODGE

The Duke University Professor who Developed Family Connects, as seen on NBC Nightly NewsCBS This Morning, and whose research made local state and national headlines earlier this year when Duke researchers found that the benefits of Pre-K last until at least 8th grade and possibly beyond.


What:      Opportunity for one-on-one or pre-event coverage with Dr. Ken Dodge, the guest speaker for the Family Services Raising Every Child benefit luncheon that will take place on Thursday, May 23, at the Benton Convention Center. A pre-event breakfast invitation has been extended to a select group of community leaders who are committed to addressing the opportunity gap that is preventing one third of our youngest children, who live in poverty, from reaching their full potential.


When:       RSVP to Johnny Johnson (

                  336.723.5721 or mobile 512.963.7419


A Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Dodge – Sponsored by Novant Health

Novant Health Conference Center
3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem

Thursday, May 23
7:30 a.m. breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Program and Conversation

Drawing upon expertise acquired through his experiences and extensive research, Dr. Dodge’s remarks remarks will focus on the importance of expanding high-quality Pre-K.

Dr, Dodge will make a 20 minute presentation and then respond to questions from the select group of community leaders who represent a wide spectrum of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Also Speaking: Nora Ferrell, Director of CommunicationsKate B. Reynolds Charitable; Jackie Lofton, Interim Executive Director, Smart Start of Forsyth County; Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services speaking on behalf of the Pre-K Priority.


Why:         The media is invited to cover this conversation as members of the community learn from this nationally respected researcher and champion of families and youth – as we build support  to make Pre-K a Priority in Forsyth County.





Kenneth A. Dodge is the Pritzker Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also the founding and past director of the Center for Child and Family Policy.

He is a leading scholar in the development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors. His work provides a model for understanding how some young children grow up to engage in aggression and violence and provides a framework for intervening early to prevent the costly consequences of violence for children and their communities.

Dodge joined the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy in September 1998. He is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, having earned his B.A. in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in psychology at Duke University in 1978. Prior to joining Duke, Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University.

Locally, his research has resulted in Durham Connects, which provides free nurse home visits to all infants born in Durham County. The program connects families to community resources in an effort to improve children’s outcomes and has been shown to decrease emergency care costs in an infant’s first year of life. The initiative has expanded to other sites throughout the country.

Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 90,000 times.

Dodge was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Other honors include the following:

  • President-Elect, Society for Research in Child Development
  • Distinguished Scientist, Child Mind Institute
  • Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health
  • Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association
  • J.P. Scott Award for Lifetime Contribution to Aggression Research from the International Society for Research on Aggression
  • Science to Practice Award from the Society for Prevention Research
  • Inaugural recipient of the “Public Service Matters” Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Inaugural recipient of the Presidential Citation Award for Excellence in Research from the Society for Research on Adolescence



Nearly 400 tickets have been sold for the third annual luncheon.


Raising Every Child Benefit Luncheon

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Benton Convention Center

301 W. 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

11:00 – Check-in, Registration, Networking and Seating

11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. – Lunch and Program

Tickets are $75 each.

Purchase online:, or call 336.722.8173



Media who wish to attend are invited to contact Johnny Johnson ( about a limited number of sponsored tickets.