Imprints Cares makes a difference by offering a comprehensive portfolio of evidence-based programs. Through partnerships across various sectors, Imprints Cares addresses the developing social, behavioral, and academic needs of children and evaluates the programmatic impact on families. We believe family and community engagement drive impact that is equitable, culturally responsive, and sustainable.
Imprints Cares is actively engaged in research throughout and beyond our community, with the goal of expanding and improving our evidence-based programs for families. Here are two ongoing efforts.
Young Moms Study
This collaborative study team involves representatives from Imprints Cares, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (AHWFB), and Wake Forest School of Medicine. The Young Moms Program (YMP) will provide health-to-home services for young moms (ages 14-21) giving birth at the AHWFB Birth Center. The YMP is part of the evidence-based Pediatric Parenting Connection (PPC) program at Imprints Cares. The study aims to:
Provide high-risk young moms with at least six months of post-natal health and parenting support;
Enhance knowledge of child development among high-risk young moms;
Increase high-risk young moms’ usage of preventive health and parenting behaviors and decrease their usage of reactive and negative behaviors;
Ensure newborns have safe and nurturing environments with caregivers that are responsive to their needs; and
Improve coordination and service delivery within the health system and across systems.
Brenner FIT Food Security Study
Imprints Cares Ready for School Family, Friends, and Neighbors (FFN) program, in partnership with Atrium Health’s Brenner FIT, conducted a food security study to assess the nutritional environment in the homes of informal care providers. FFN-enrolled care providers were interviewed and offered resources and education to improve nutritional offerings. The study concluded that food insecurity was not as prevalent as predicted in both caregivers’ and parents’ homes. Both caregivers and parents had concerns about children undereating and desired more education on healthy meals.
Imprints Cares advocates for children and families by providing a full spectrum of evidence-based and research-backed programming. But our advocacy efforts extend well beyond our programming.
We advance education campaigns to ensure our community is well-informed.
We develop strategic partnerships and coalitions, collaborating with members of the community and other constituents dedicated to the promotion of positive early childhood development.
We influence local, regional, and national policies and programs that support early childhood development.
Imprints Cares staff participate in thought leadership discussions within and beyond the community we serve, learning from and sharing best practices that support families and children. One example is our Executive Director’s participation as a subject matter expert in the state-level webinar discussion, Creating an Equitable & Inclusive System for Home-Based Child Care: A conversation on policy opportunities in North Carolina.
Imprints Cares staff have been part of many publications as part of our advocacy efforts. Below are a few recent examples.
Linton, JM; Stockton, M; Andrade, M; Daniel, S.
Integrating Parenting Support Within and Beyond the Pediatric Medical Home
Global Pediatric Health, Volume 5:1-7; 2018
Ellis, M; Ross, E; Stockton, M; Andrade, B; Linton, JM
Helping Kids Raising Kids: Teen Parent Workshops in the Community
Linton, JM; Miller-Fitzwater, A; Johnson, S; Trejo, G; Beck, K; Albertini, L; Worsley, C; Tranberg, H; Stockton, M; Stephens, T; Plax, K.
Strengthening Support of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers: A novel community-based approach to identify themes using a modified World Café.
Pediatric Academic Society Poster Presentation: PAS. Parenting Teenagers.
Forsyth Family, December 2022
Winston-Salem Journal, 2021
Expanded Learning Business Spotlight, 2020
Winston-Salem Journal, Fran Daniel
When parents are essential workers, what about their other critical role? This is how child care looks during a pandemic.
Book Babies Randomized Control Study from 2021
Trauma Resilient Communities
Led by Crossnore, the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities (TRC) is a collaborative project with the goal of developing a community-engaged strategic plan that reduces the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and creates a more trauma-resilient Winston-Salem through community participation and community-engaged research. Imprints Cares is actively engaged in this partnership by serving on the TRC Advisory Council and the TRC Research Steering Committee. Two Imprints Cares staff have completed a comprehensive TRC train-the-trainer course and will work collaboratively to promote and embed the science of trauma-informed practice throughout our community.
iQ Community Labs Partnership
Imprints Cares and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (AHWFB) have a collaborative partnership through Innovation Quarter Community Labs. This partnership aims to utilize the global network of Innovation Quarter to bring new partners and resources to help validate Imprints Cares’ multi-generational model, which supports children and families to build equity at a population health level.
Ashley Elementary School
During the pandemic, Imprints Cares collaborated with WS/FCS to provide remote learning centers throughout the community. In partnership with Elevation Church and United Way of Forsyth County Foundation, we have been serving Ashley Elementary students since 2020. Over the last 2.5 years, Imprints Cares has been serving many of the same students and their families, 24 students overall. A recent evaluation conducted by the Data Sharing Project shows that students who regularly attend the Imprints Cares Expanded Learning program more than 80% of the time are scoring higher in iReady reading and iReady math scores than students who attend less than 80% of the time in a comparison sample of WS/FCS students.
With funding from the Siemer Institute, Imprints Cares and United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) are partnering to address transient students in our community. United Way Housing Matters and Imprints Cares are working within four Title One schools to support families at risk for housing instability. Imprints Cares provides wrap-around services to ensure parents can go to work and that students' academic, social, and emotional needs are met. Imprints Cares family engagement specialists work with families and Housing Matters to reduce instances of disruptive school moves and improve housing stability, income stability, and school attendance.
Forsyth Futures Data Sharing Project
Forsyth Futures Data Sharing Project works with the WS/FCS data team to track academics, attendance, discipline, and other metrics. During enrollment with Imprints Cares, parents consent to allow their children's academic progress to be shared, beginning at 4 years old. This allows us to follow students longitudinally and validate the impact of our programs.
Boston Thurmond Community Network
Over the next five years, Imprints Cares and the Boston Thurmond Community Network will work to immerse our programming in the Boston Thurmond neighborhood utilizing the Purpose Driven Communities approach. Focusing on our Book Babies program, we will leverage community assets to work collectively with key community stakeholders to impact education and health equity.
Forsyth Adolescent Health Coalition
Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition
Forsyth County LICC (Local Interagency Coordinating Council)
Forsyth County Mental Health Community Collaborative
Forsyth County Pre-K Priority
Healthy Beginnings Advisory Board
National AfterSchool Association
NC Association of CPAs
NC Parents as Teachers Advisory Committee
REACH Women’s Network
Refugee Advisory Coalition
Society of Human Resource Managers
Stratford Road and Reynolda Road Rotary of Forsyth County
Trauma Resilient Communities
United Way of Forsyth County Women United Steering Committee
How YOU can help
With you as our partner, we can continue to offer enrichment activities to our summer campers with special needs, in-home visits to help parents prepare their children for school success, and scholarships to ensure that children have access to quality after-school programming with certified teachers. Together, we can close the opportunity gap and ensure that children realize their full potential.