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Giving Kids a Better Start...
Forsyth Commissioners Approved First Public Investment for Pre-K Priority
Forsyth Woman & Forsyth Family Features
Research shows that high-quality, early learning through Pre-K better prepares children for kindergarten, increases test scores, and results in higher graduation rates and college attendance. So, why is access to affordable, quality Pre-K not a priority in Forsyth County? Well, now IT IS, thanks to the efforts of The Pre-K Priority, a collaborative of over 80 local early childhood education leaders and advocates.
Have you heard about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and its impact in Forsyth County? Over 13,000 kids in Forsyth County receive its FREE books every month in the mail! That is 60% of the kids that are eligible for this program!
Each month, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) provides an age-appropriate book (in Spanish or English) for each registered child in Forsyth County, absolutely free to the family. This program is locally managed by Smart Start of Forsyth County (SSFC).
The importance of early childhood education cannot be overstated. Early childhood education sets the foundation for a child’s future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning, and also helps the child with cognitive and social development that is crucial to a strong future. As a community, we have to understand the importance of this crucial education to our children in our community. Early education is often overlooked and the early learning educators are frequently treated like babysitters at a daycare facility.
$3.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support Forsyth County Pre-K classrooms|
SSFC Recognized with the Leaders in Diversity Award by the Triad Business Journal
US Early Years Climate Action Task Force Press Release
Adverse Childhood Experiences Press Release
Winston-Salem Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds Grant Announcement
Dr. Louis Finney, Jr. interview with 97.1
SSFC Presentation for Twin City Kiwanis Club May 11th, 2022
Smart Start of Forsyth County Launches R.O.O.T.S Program to Combat Childhood Trauma