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, MPA
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Inc.
Member, SSFC board of directors
Designated by Elizabeth Dampier, 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

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
Program Assistant, Operations and NC Pre-K
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

Vivian Stearns
Interim Director, Child Development Division
Family Services, Inc.

NC Pre-K Committee 2016 -17 Bi-Monthly Meeting Schedule

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

September 15, 2016
November 17, 2016
January 19, 2017
March 16, 2017
May 18, 2017

NC Pre-K Committee 2016-17 Work Groups

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’s 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.