NC Pre-K Committee

Forsyth County NC Pre-K Committee
Developing, implementing, and supporting the Annual NC Pre-K Plan for
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina

Co Chairs
Janie Costello, EdD
Director of Early Literacy Programs, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Member, SSFC board of directors
Designated by Beverly Emory, Superintendent, WS/FC Schools)

Matt Britt, MBA
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Inc.
Chair, SSFC, board of directors

Committee Members
Artetta McKinney
Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)
Forsyth County Department of Social Services

Belinda Beard
Elementary Educator & Principal, WS/FCS (retired)

Blanche Stevens
Coordinator, Preschool School Intake, Exceptional Children’s Program
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Bob Feikema
President & CEO
Family Services, Inc.

Katrina Tucker
Parent / Consumer

Katura Jackson
Child Care Resource and Referral
Executive Director, Work Family Resource Center, Inc.

Larry Vellani, MPA (Ex Officio)

Mary McAfee, MLS
Children’s Librarian and Branch Manager (retired)
Forsyth County Public Library
Member, SSFC Board of Directors

Mike Lawless, MD
Pediatrician (retired)
Former Co-Chair, NC Pre-K Committee, 2011 – 2014
Member, SSFC Board of Directors

Phygenia Young, EdD

Forsyth Technical Community College

Theressa L. Stephens
Child Care Service Provider
Church Child Care Center, Inc.
Member, SSFC board of directors

Trina Stephens
Imprints Cares, Inc.

Jenny Whitley, MEd, MBA
Director, Teaching & Learning Services
SSFC, Inc.

Norma Gonzalez
Family Engagement Specialist, Operations and Administration
SSFC, Inc.

Resource Persons (technical assistance)
Eva Phillips, EdD
Ready Schools Coordinator
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Linda Olinger
Pre-K Program Specialist
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Michael Redden

Patsy Squire
Title One Manager
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Victoria Fulton
Project Impact Coordinator
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Vivien Stearns
Director, Child Development Division
Family Services, Inc.

NC Pre-K Committee 2017 -18 Bi-Monthly Meeting Schedule

Noon at the Smart Start offices, 7820 Northpoint Boulevard, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC

September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018
May 17, 2018

NC Pre-K Committee 2016-17 Work Groups
(2017-18 Work Groups Scheduling in process. For updates, contact Jenny Whitley, 336.714.4344)

Developmental/Health Screening

November 10, 2016  3:30-5:00  Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC)
December 19, 2016  3:30-5:00  SSFC
January 24,2017  3:30-5:00  SSFC
February 22, 2017 2:00-3:30  SSFC

EC Referral

November 30, 2016  1:00-3:00 Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC)
January 13, 2017 9:00  10:00  SSFC

Enrollment Process

October 18, 2016  10:30 -11:30  Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC)
November 15, 2016  12:00  1:30  SSFC
January 12, 2017  12:00  1:30  SSFC

Forsyth Promise Kindergarten Readiness CAN

September 13, 2016  3:30-5:30  Goodwill Industries
November 8, 2016  3:30-5:30  Goodwill Industries
December 12, 2016  3:30-5:30  Children Museum
January 25, 2017  3:30-5:00  Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC)
February 15,2017  3:30-5:00  SSFC

Teacher Compensation

December 12, 2016  3:30 5:00  Imprints Cares


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Jenny Whitley
Director, Teaching & Learning Services
SSFC, Inc.

For more information about NC Pre-K, click here.