Moriah’s future is looking bright. But it almost didn’t happen.
Moriah was fortunate. Because of Family Services’ partnership in the Pediatric Holistic Health Initiative at the Wake Forest Downtown Health Plaza, Moriah’s mom heard about the
child development programs and services at Family Services and enrolled her daughter in Head Start, an evidence-based program that nurtures every aspect of a child’s growth, including the child’s family.
It’s a scientific fact. Children who have access to high quality, early childhood development programs and services will be better prepared – both intellectually and emotionally – to become healthier, happier and more socially responsible adults.
Family Services can’t do this alone. It takes lots of dedicated help. Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, family advocates, therapists, nutritionists, and staff collaborate with local physicians, agencies, and community leaders to provide the support and resources that are helping children and parents continue the positive development at home that will change each child’s future.
Now, Moriah is exploring her world within a nurturing learning environment and developing the social and emotional skills – in the first five years of her life – that will carry through to her first day of school and into adulthood.
Every child in Forsyth County should have access to this opportunity. But they do not.
That’s why Family Services will launch the Raising Every Child Campaign on September 5 to expand the programs and services that are helping disadvantaged children – from birth through age 5 – to be ready to achieve in school.
People who support the Raising Every Child Campaign will
- Improve the physical, social and emotional health of 1,500 young children annually
- Rehabilitate and add preschool classrooms to serve over 300 three- and four-year-old children
- Provide 100 preschool teachers with training and support to help Forsyth County children become good learners, and
- Support efforts to make high quality Pre-K programs available to all four-year-olds in Forsyth County
However, continued success is dependent upon the entire community coming together as never before to expand these powerful, proven solutions.
You can ensure that more of Forsyth County’s youngest children are ready to achieve in school and in life. Join Family Services in Raising Every Child today at www.familyservicesforsyth.org.