GCD and the Community
Welcome to our new blog section of the website! This will be the first of many stories about our work.
You may know who Guilford Child Development (GCD) is, but you may have asked yourself at some point, what does GCD do to help the community?
We are an organization that helps young children and families reach their goals. GCD’s programs help nurture young children by providing developmentally appropriate environments for them to learn, and providing support services to adults that help them create a more stable, nurturing environment for their children. Children don’t choose to be born into poverty. However, being born into poverty can be a defining factor in what a child can achieve. Studies show a child’s reading level by third grade has implications for their success later in life. Thus, early childhood education with a focus on school readiness is one of the most important things that can be done to ensure that children can reach their full potential. GCD improves school readiness for over 867 three- and four-year-old preschool children each year through Head Start, and Early Head Start work on child development with 300 children ages 0-3. In 2017, GCD will be able to offer Early Head Start services to an additional 100 children in High Point through an Early Head Start Child Care Expansion grant. Contact our Family Services Department for more information at 336-378-7700.
2016 has been a productive year for GCD programs. GCD’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program consistently exceeds the national NFP program goal that 80% of infants born to participating NFP mothers will be born at 37 weeks and weigh 5.5 pounds or greater. 100% of Learning Together participants that complete a year of the program improve their English language skills. In 2016, RCCR&R awarded child care scholarships that allowed parents to place over 175 children in quality child care so they could work or go to school. The Catering for Kids program provides meals to over 1,600 children every day to ensure they are nourished and ready to learn. And 42 Family Success Center adult participants have gained employment since joining the program. All of these results contribute to better outcomes for these children and families and boosts their ability to thrive in our community.
Meet Jenny, a 24 year old single mother of two and a high school dropout who has tried to get her GED at different programs in the past, before finding GCD. In the 9 months that she has been participating, she has challenged herself to take not only GED classes but also financial literacy and public speaking classes. Jenny finished her GED last month and is enrolling in classes at GTCC to pursue a pharmacy technician degree. Meanwhile, her 3 year old daughter has improved language skills and confidence in her classroom.
You may be asking yourself, how can I help families like Jenny’s?
YOU can help Guilford Child Development's programs address these issues.
You can do many things to get involved with children and families at GCD. You can volunteer to help one of our programs, you can donate to GCD to support these programs, or you can spread the word about what GCD does and the importance of early childhood education!
We look forward to sharing more participant stories with you in 2017, which is GCD’s 50th Anniversary! Stay tuned for more details about our celebratory activities next year.