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Happy 139th Birthday, Miss Annie!

Family Services is founded on the actions of one compassionate woman, Miss Annie Wiley Grogan (May 16, 1878–October 6, 1957). Founder’s 139th birthday brings to mind origins of Family Services “Miss Annie” worked as a telephone operator at the turn of the twentieth century in Winston, North Carolina. As she managed her switchboard, Miss Annie was [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Editorial: Preschool programs: Children wait for rare open slots – Winston-Salem Journal: Editorials

"Today, fewer than half of North Carolina's children, age 4 and younger, are enrolled in a regulated child-care facility," reported Arika Herron in a recent Winston-Salem Journal article. "Only about 1,300 of Forsyth County's almost 4,000 4-year-olds are in pre-K programs through Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools or in Head Startr or N.C. Pre-K, publicly funded programs [...]