The John Rex Endowment has the privilege of supporting organizations who join with us to create an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. In our pursuit, we pride ourselves on being a learning organization — one that constantly strives to improve based on insights gained from all experiences.
In this section we provide reports that are specific to our funding areas, grant project updates, stories reflecting what we and our grantees are learning, and resources on child health. It's our hope that you will benefit from this knowledge and have the opportunity to apply the positive lessons.
Municipal governments can play an important role in creating economically strong, healthy, and equitable communities. Six Wake County cities/towns validated this statement through their efforts to create healthier environments for children by increasing access to healthy foods and active living opportunities. The report, “Local Governments as Health Champions,” is the story of municipalities (Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh and Zebulon) tackling projects targeting long-lasting and wide-scale change. [more]
Kale might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of food at a child care center, but the green vegetable was the theme of the week during a visit to Raleigh’s Childcare Network #61. The center was recognized for its urban agriculture efforts when awarded a Raleigh Environmental Award in 2016. [more]
Nature is good for children. That was the theme of NC State University's Dr. Nilda Cosco's talk at the 2016 TEDxRaleigh. In her role at NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative, Dr. Cosco takes her expertise in children’s outdoor environments directly to local child care centers. Dr. Cosco makes the case that a child’s development will enhance in countless ways when a child is engaged with outdoor spaces that are intentionally designed for play and learning. [more]
The Wake County Youth Well-being Profile (winter 2015) provides a snapshot of the current conditions affecting children age 5-18. The Profile sets the stage for a community-developed and implemented plan for ensuring that all Wake County young people are indeed thriving.