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.
It’s early in the school day at Lynn Road Elementary School. There are 16 four-year-olds sitting cross-legged on their puzzle piece foam mats taking part in group time. The children have on their listening ears as one child tells his teacher and friends about a problem he faced earlier that morning. When the little boy finishes his story, the teacher reaches for the SEFEL-inspired Solution Suitcase and the group conversation turns to problem solving. [more]
Throughout Wake County, shelters provide clients with many of life’s necessities. At the same time, shelter staff and volunteers have varying expertise and capability to provide the necessary supports essential for nurturing a child’s emotional well-being - in other words, to have the foundation to live a healthy life and be able to form positive relationships, express and regulate emotions, and learn. To provide increased opportunities to support the emotional well-being of our vulnerable children several Wake County organizations are working together. [more]
Over the years the poem “Children Learn What They Live” by Dorothy Law Nolte has guided many adults in how they relate to and nurture children. Her wisdom is thoughtful yet simple offering advice such as “If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn” and “If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.” But, knowing what is best for children does not always come naturally or easily.
The Setting the Stage: Planning for Intentional and Effective Places and Spaces for Children’s Positive Mental Health project examined the intersection between the factors that contribute to the positive mental health of children – with a focus on children ages birth to 8 years – and how the physical and social elements of places and spaces affect those factors. The work resulted in an Integrated Plan which is a foundational piece of the John Rex Endowment's positive mental health goal focused on how the people, policies, practices, programs, and physical elements of a place or space can become more intentional and effective in promoting children’s positive mental health.
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.
The statewide strategic plan to reduce child maltreatment and secure family well-being is available online. The plan, Task Force on Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments to Prevent Child Maltreatment, offers recommendations for implementation within the areas of raising awareness and promotion, using data to inform actions, and changing social norms and policy.