Make your pledge here to be an advocate for the youngest children in Guilford County.
Today, more than 1 in 3 children in Guilford County enter kindergarten not literacy-ready. One in 5 will need significant remediation in order to get on track with their peers — that’s 1,000 children each year. And children who start behind have a difficult time catching up.
To change the tide, our community has selected 10 key priorities to ensure that each child enters kindergarten ready for what’s ahead. Click on the priorities below to learn more.
We all have a role to play
Everyone plays an important role in getting our children ready for school, ready for life. Here’s how you can help now:
Sign the pledge and join our growing group of advocates:
Ann Alexander, First Presbyterian Church
Chastity Anthony, Guilford Child Development
Tina Akers Brown, Greensboro Housing Authority
Rachel Burrello, Ready for School, Ready for Life
Melissa Burroughs, The Cemala Foundation
Donna Chase, First Presbyterian Church
Ann Comfort, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Steven “Skip” Corneliussen, Lincoln Financial Group
JoAnn Currie, Guilford County Parternship for Children
Veronica DeShields, Guilford Child Development
Ella Evans, Guilford Child Development-Council House
Ryan Farrington, Guilford County Partnership for Children
Anna Fesmire, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad
Nicky Finch, Guilford Count DHHS, Public Health
Myles Fish, First Presbyterian Church
Michelle Gethers Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro
Beth Gilbert, Evaluation Innovations
Marie Glover, Guilfor County Schools
Kelly Graves, Kellin Foundation
Diana Guilfuchi, Guilford Child Development
Katherine Harrelson, C.O.N.N.E.C.T.I.O.N.S.,Inc.
Jessica Hollowell, Guilford Child Development
Shatell Jackson, Gulford Child Development
Jasmine Johnson, Guilford Child Development
Debbi Kennerson, Children’s Developmental Services Agency
Ed Kitchen, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
Robin Lane, Project ONE
Megan LeFaivre, Junior League of Greensboro
Robin Lindsey, GCPC
Al Lineberry, II, Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Services
Margaret McGaw, Guilford Child Development
Lyndsey McGonagle, Kellin Foundation
Salem Metzger, Junior League of Greensboro
Tracy Nash, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad
Kimberly Ortiz, Guilford Child Development
Nicole Overby, Guilford Child Development
Cindy Patterson, Junior League of Greensboro
Felicia Reid, Guilford County
Susan Schwartz, The Cemala Foundation
Marina Searcy, Guilford Child Development
Butch Sherrill, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Justin Spradley, PNC Bank
Linda Taft, Allen Tate Realtors
Ernie Thompson, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Ray Trapp, Guilford County Commissioners
Teneka Utriblin, Guilford Child Development
Malinda White, Guilford Child Development
Lisa Witherspoon, First Presbyterian Church
Brandon Forney, PNC Bank
David Leppert, PNC Bank
Jon Lowder, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association
Brian Mann, ReMax Realty Consultants
Frank Manship, PNC Bank
Donna Perkins, Guilford Child Development
LeTonya Shaw, Guilford Child Development
John Vestal, Carolina Bank
Barbara Mackey Vinson
Myron Wilkins, Greensboro Urban Ministry
Charlie Witzke, Crescent Rotary
Data & Resources
- Overview of Ready for School, Ready for Life (PDF) to see how the work started and what we’re doing today to build a more responsive, innovative early childhood system.
- Pathway to Success and Framework for Change (PDF) developed by our community that guides the initiative’s efforts.
Guilford County Data
- Video showing a snapshot of how we’re doing in Guilford County today.
- Deep Dive: Quantitative Data about the State of Young Children (birth to age 5) in Guilford County (February 2018). (PDF) (See the previous version of this report here.)
- Qualitative Data: Family Photovoice Project (PDF) featuring nine Guilford County families and their stories about their experiences of raising young children in Guilford County.
- White paper with summary of feedback from 230+ families. (Coming soon)
100-Day Challenge Team Work
- 100-Day Challenge Team Booklet (PDF). From February – May 2016, twelve 100-Day Challenge Teams made up of 146 committed parents, community volunteers and representatives from 44 agencies/organizations — worked together to jump-start system change in Guilford County. Each aligns with our Pathway to Success and Framework for Change.
- Click below to see detailed descriptions of each team’s work, including links to resources and work products.
- Parenting Education
- Breastfeeding-Friendly Community
- PreK to Kindergarten Transition (Policy)
- PreK to Kindergarten Transition (Communication)
- Developmental Screenings
- Electronic Referral Network (in partnership with the Family Success Center)
- Early Literacy
- Safe & Stable Homes/Financial Literacy
- Building Public Will
- Social-Emotional Support for Early Childhood Educators
- Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care
- Families as Change Agents
- Want to see how the teams got here? Check out our blog at the mid-point of the 100-Day Challenge!