The Faith-Based Initiative (FBI) works collaboratively with Ready Schools and Healthy Kids Collaborative to provide outreach to diverse faith institutions through educational forums, All Pro Dads and other networking opportunities.

The educational forums, which target faith, business, civic, early care providers and other community leaders, are designed to increase collaborative efforts and participants’ knowledge of DEPC programs and services around health, early care and education and family support resources while maintaining their connection to their local community. The FBI currently has 45 active faith-based partners who self-select community action steps around a menu of options specific to DEPC programs, services and initiatives.

All Pro Dads

All Pro Dads, a fatherhood initiative out of Family First and can be found at the national website Locally, All Pro Dads is a Ready Schools strategy designed to increase positive interaction between dads/male figures and their children and promote family engagement in the home and school setting. Faith-based partners, in collaboration with designated school personnel, facilitate a one-hour monthly curriculum over breakfast during the school year.

Currently, All Pro Dads chapters exist at 15 elementary schools in Nash and Edgecombe counties (Williford Elementary, Susie B. Baskerville Elementary, G. W. Bulluck Elementary, D. S. Johnson Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Stocks Elementary, Princeville Elementary, Martin Millennium Academy, Coker Wimberly Elementary, Winstead Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, and Nashville Elementary). There is an additional All Pro Dad chapter located in Wilson that has been influenced by the Baskerville Elementary chapter, John W. Jones Elementary.

All Pro Dads chapters also exist in the following middle schools in Nash and Edgecombe counties (Phillips Middle, West Edgecombe Middle, J. W. Parker Middle, and Red Oak Middle).

For more information, contact

Donia Simmons, Ready Communities Specialist,, (252) 985-4300 ext. 236

Viola Barnes-Gray, Ready Communities Coordinator,, (252) 985-4300 ext. 251

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