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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Benefits of Universal Pre-K

All children have an inherent right to realize their full potential. Yet, too many of our youngest children in Forsyth County do not enjoy the same opportunities for success. They are not ready to learn when they enter school. They start behind and constantly struggle to catch up. Too many never catch up. We know [...]

Child and Adult Care Food Program Annual Application

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Women’s & Children’s Health Section Nutrition Services Branch Special Nutrition Programs Annual Application Child Care Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Sponsoring Organizations of Centers, Outside School Hours Care Center AGREEMENT NUMBER: 7093 Family Services Inc. and its daycare and Head Start centers (Sarah Y. [...]

All of our children need us — now

It’s a fact. Quality early-childhood development – or lack of it – has an enormous impact on whether a child will succeed in school and, ultimately, in life. Alarmingly, thousands of our Forsyth County children are destined to live their lives with crippling educational and emotional disadvantages, an all-too-frequent result of poverty. The rate of [...]

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, [...]

Big goals, big hurdles face Winston-Salem’s future

The Winston-Salem Journal article, "Big goals, big hurdles face Winston-Salem's future," about the economic decline of Winston-Salem over the past 15 years offers evidence why our community must invest in early childhood education now. Developing a system for universal pre-K is a long-term strategy for addressing the growing problem of poverty in Forsyth County. Family Services' [...]

New in-home nursing care program for newborns is encouraging

The Winston-Salem Journal article, "Forsyth hospital, trust start new in-home nursing care program for newborns," is an encouraging example of the growing level of community investment in early childhood development. Helping moms provide their babies the best possible start in life has long-term benefits for the child, the family, and our community. Building a better future in Forsyth [...]

Winston-Salem Chronicle reports on opening of Early Head Start

The Winston-Salem Chronicle reports on the opening of all funded classrooms for the first Early Head Start program in Forsyth County. In a news story, published March 24, 2016, Family Services President and CEO Bob Feikema emphasized the importance of providing high-quality education to children of low-income families, stating that "the educational investment into Early Head Start boosts [...]

All Early Head Start Program Sites Officially Open

Download News Release  |  Photo Gallery  |  Frequently Asked Questions Family Services has officially opened all funded classrooms for its Early Head Start program, with a current total of 117 children from birth to two years old participating in the early childhood development program. Family Services was awarded $2.2 million dollars in federal funding late [...]