Happy New Year! 2018 Recap and More
Happy New Year!
Can you believe 2018 is over?
2018 was an incredible year at Guilford Child Development thanks to your support, and the support of our community partners and funders.
Early in 2018, we were able to reopen our Hickory Chapel Woods site after we added six modular classrooms as a result of Early Head Start Expansion funds for High Point. We are now serving 100 new children in High Point because of this expansion grant.
We finished construction on the High Point Family Opportunity Center and have now launched a wide array of classes that started in early January (2019). Participants can now take GED classes, Nutrition/Cooking classes, and English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes while their children are in a quality early childhood classroom for FREE! We will also be launching financial literacy and job readiness classes at the High Point Family Opportunity Center soon. The center was an addition to our existing Staley Child Development Center on Brentwood.
Our Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program has added a sixth and seventh nurse to serve first-time mothers in Guilford County as a result of a large grant from the Duke Endowment, who provides oversight of a large group of organizations facilitated by Ready for School, Ready for Life to create an early childhood system in Guilford County. NFP works with mothers during pregnancy to improve birth outcomes and continues home visits until the child turns two-years-old to improve child development and self-sufficiency for the mother as well.
We had our fifth annual Early Childhood Champions Luncheon in October 2018, where we honored Dr. Ken Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Public Policy; Dr. Laura Gerald, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust; David Hayworth, High Point Community Leader and Child Advocate; and David Lawrence, Jr., Director, Early Childhood Initiative Foundation.
Former Governor Beverly Perdue provided remarks, and Jessica Holmes, former Head Start Student and youngest African-American chairwoman of the Wake County Commissioners delivered a powerful keynote address about the importance of early childhood education.
In late October, our Executive Director (now Chief Executive Officer), Robin Britt, announced his plans for retirement in October 2019. Our Board and staff were deeply saddened by this announcement, but understand Robin has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to expand GCD’s services and provide support services for families in need, and for this we will be forever grateful. With this announcement brought some leadership changes at GCD. Maria Layne-Stevens was named Chief Operating Officer to help manage the transition, and GCD launched the Guilford Child Development Foundation, which will be run by Brad Huffstetler, Chief Development Officer, with a mission of working to support the needs of low-income families enrolled in our programs that have emergency crisis.
All of these events are a reminder of how blessed we are to be serving the Guilford County community. Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope 2019 brings you many blessings!
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