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Child Care Resource Center is celebrating 30 years of service to our community. Our purpose has never changed and has only become stronger – helping families find child care and supporting early education professionals in improving their programs and build the supply of quality child care in our community.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are asking for your support to help us continue to provide and enhance the services that we currently offer to children, families and child care professionals in our community. Please consider becoming a part of our $30 for 30 campaign. Our goal is to raise $30,000 in 2021. You can help us by donating $30 a month or making a donation of at least $360. Your support helps us provide services that impact the community.




Meet the distinguished recipients of the

Donna Lambeth Childrens Champion Award.

What makes a “champ?” Their stories are unique. Their industries vary. Their backgrounds are diverse, yet they all share a passion for one thing: Creating opportunities for children and families to thrive. Each honoree has charted a path using their talents, influence and personal drive to earn this award and join our Circle of “CHAMPS” for Children

Child Care Resource Center honors the work of thinkers and doers committed to improving the lives of children and families.

Donna Lambeth

2011 Children’s Champion Award 

In 1980, Donna Lambeth gathered a group of her closest friends, advocates, and business associates to present an idea that would change the way families found child care in Winston Salem. She helped lead a study that examined trends amongst local working families and child care. This project led to the development of Work Family Resource Center (WFRC). Donna laid the foundation for WFRC and served as the Executive Director of the organization agency for ten years. In that role, she also served as President of the N.C. Child Care Resource & Referral Network and helped develop innovative services for children, families and child care programs together with leaders throughout the United States. For her vision and relentless work in the field of early education, the Work Family Resource Center Board of Directors created the Donna Lambeth Children’s Champion Award to represent unique characteristics of doers and thinkers committed to serving children and families.

Karl Yena

2012 Children’s Champion Award


Karl Yena served over 20 years as a senior level manager providing consulting services to RJR corporate and operating company management of Del Monte, Nabisco, Sea Land Shipping, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. and later retired from RJR Nabisco, Inc. as Director of Worldwide Organization Development & Training. An avid volunteer, Karl works annually with over 100 non-profits throughout the country. He provides on-going mentoring and coaching to organizational leaders, municipalities, churches, civic groups, and non-profit organizations. As a former board member of Work Family Resource Center, Karl has offered consistent insight and guidance to the WFRC Board and staff.

For his diligent commitment to leading and supporting organizations, dedicated to speaking to needs of early education, Karl Yena exemplifies unique characteristics that have earned him the honor of joining WFRC’s Circle of Champs for Children.

Hal Kaplan

2013 Children’s Champion Award


As the field of early care and education has grown, Hal Kaplan and the company he manages have provided premier resources and professional services for educators and caregivers of young children ages 0-11. In his 40+ year tenure, Mr. Kaplan has developed Kaplan Early Learning Company into a leading publisher, manufacturer and distributor of products and services that create developmentally appropriate products for young learners. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Board of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and on the Advisory Board to the Pew Charitable Trust’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success (Ready Nations). He is a past member of the Tocqueville Leadership Society of the United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Chamber. For his lifelong commitment to the art of play, Hal Kaplan exemplifies unique characteristics that have earned him the honor of joining WFRC’s Circle of Champs for Children.

dean Clifford

2014 Children’s Champion Award


Dean Clifford is an Organizational Development, Program Development, Evaluation and Strategic Planning Consultant to a variety of public and not-for-profit organizations serving children and families in several states. She served as the Executive Director for the local Smart Start Partnership in Forsyth County and later became a consultant for the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center where she worked with several states to develop effective systems of early childhood services, including Colorado, Virginia, Michigan, Wyoming, Alaska, and others. For her lifelong commitment to building educational systems and capacities to further develop educators, Dr. Dean Clifford exemplifies unique characteristics that have earned her the honor of joining WFRC’s Circle of   Champs for Children.

Nigel D. Alston

2015 Children’s Champion Award 

Nigel D. Alston joined the elite circle of “champs” as the 2015 Donna Lambeth Children’s Champion Award recipient. Nigel is no stranger to our community. He is a native of Winston-Salem, a graduate of Livingstone College, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and an active community leader. Nigel serves as a motivational speaker, trainer, and columnist for the Winston Salem Journal. He also serves on numerous boards and councils throughout the Piedmont Triad area. In fact, Mr. Alston played an instrumental role as one of the founding board member of Work Family Resource Center nearly 25 years ago. Before the audience of educators, organizational leaders, clergy members, family, and friends Nigel humbly accepted the WFRC Donna Lambeth Children’s Champion Award and shared his perspective on resources, friends, and hope. 

Florence Corpening

2017 Children’s Champion Award 

Ms. Corpening, will be honored at the event. Florence was instrumental in helping WFRC transition and excel as the organization experienced a change in leadership. Florence served former WFRC Board President and former Executive Director of the Winston Salem YWCA.

John Gillon

2017 Children’s Champion Award 

Mr. Gillon, former WFRC Board Member was instrumental in creating Work Family Resource Center. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has lived in Winston Salem for over 4 decades. He then spent seven years as an investments advisor, before joining Wake Forest University in institutional advancement. John joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2000 and retired in December 2015. He is now self-employed as a consultant in charitable planning. John is married with three daughters aged 25, 23, and 15. John and his wife, Eanne, were the first clients of WFRC in 1991.

Joe Crocker

2018 Children’s Champion Award 

Joe Crocker, the Director of the Local Impact in the Forsyth County program area at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, is well known for his extensive civic career across the Carolinas. Since joining the Trust in 2010, he has been implementing programs that improve the lives of Forsyth County’s financially-disadvantaged residents. The Forsyth County program area’s cornerstone effort is Great Expectations, a long-term initiative to prepare Forsyth County’s youngest children for success in school and life by the time they finish Kindergarten. Joe also oversees all of Forsyth County’s grant-making in four key issue areas—developing community assets, improving education, promoting health care, and supporting the local safety net. Joe previously served as the Director of Operations for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Assistant Secretary for Community Development for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Senior Vice President at Wachovia Corporation, and Chairman of The Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University.

Daisy Rodriquez-Besse

2018 Children’s Champion Award 

Daisy Rodriguez-Besse was born and raised in New York City, and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her career has taken her from working for the New York City School System as Special Education Bilingual Coordinator to Winston-Salem where she worked for Sara Lee Corporation (now Hanesbrands, Inc.).  She has also had the opportunity to work for the President and CEO of Wachovia Corporation, coordinated “El Puente” Parent Resource Center for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and served as Director of Hispanic Mentoring Services for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. 

Chris Gentry

2019 Children’s Champion Award 

Chris has served as the Director of the Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth since January 2004. This program offers a multitude of support services to families who have children with special needs, including onsite hospital/NICU support, parent-to-parent matching, sibling programs, educational opportunities for caregivers, and information and referral services. Chris has over 30 years of experience serving families of young children with a focus on quality childhood experiences and environments. She has worked in public and private school settings, as well as with NC’s Smart Start Initiative. Her educational background includes Social Work, Pastoral Care and Non-Profit Management. Chris’ passion is to see families thrive.

Judge William B. Reingold

2019 Children’s Champion Award 

Judge William B. Reingold served as the chief district court judge for the 21st Judicial District of North Carolina.  A former prosecutor, he  held this highest position on the district court bench from March 1998 to October 2013, and also served as district court judge in Forsyth County since 1986.

 During his tenure, he recognized the immense value of education and peer influence, and how individuals – especially young people – can lose direction and eventually end up in court on the wrong side of the law.  In response, Judge Reingold particularly focused his efforts in the judiciary upon improving the lives of youth and families, from addressing drug abuse and domestic violence to correcting truancy and delinquency issues.

Claudette Weston

2021 Children’s Champion Award 

Claudette Weston is a dedicated volunteer and commits time to lead. She supports numerous causes that improve our community: advocating for youth and the poor, clean water and environmental causes, mental health, poverty and hunger, animals, and the arts. She has volunteered her leadership to The Advocacy for the Poor, the Council on Anxiety Disorders, The Special Children’s School of Winston-Salem, Youth Opportunities, and the YWCA. Claudette cares about everyone and she commits herself to make sure we all have a chance at success in life.

Claudette has received numerous awards from a variety of organizations. And now CCRC can count her as one of our Children’s Champions.   She is the President and CEO of Weston & Associates, Inc., a local meeting and event management firm. Under Claudette’s leadership, Weston & Associates has grown to be a national authority in corporate and professional meeting/event management. A native of Winston-Salem, Claudette is a graduate of Old Town High School and Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Claudette has four children and eight grandchildren. In her spare time, Claudette enjoys cultural events, sports outings, and hanging out with her grandkids.

Our Timeline

1991 – Work Family Resource Center (WFRC) opens with Donna Lambeth as Executive Director.

1992 – With two paid staff, WFRC begins offering services for the community and to enhanced services corporations in Forsyth County.

1993 – WFRC received a state grant for the Division of Child Development to expand service delivery

1994Received Smart Start funding to provide services in Forsyth and Davidson Counties.

1995 –receives approval to sponsor family child care programs on the federally funded Child Care and Adult Food Program.

1996 – The Continuum of Professional Development is created.  The Continuum has helped providers improve the quality of their programs and to continue their education.  Forsyth County has the highest average star rating of any county in the state.

1997 – Agency created two new initiatives -CHUCKLES a touch screen child care referral program that could be set up off site and School Choice Counseling to help parent work figure out how the new WS/FC schools systems zone plan worked.

1996 WFRC collaborates with Forsyth Early Childhood Partnership (Smart Start of Forsyth County) and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce to create the Forsyth Family Focus initiative focusing on family friendly practices in the workplace.

1999 – Donna Lambeth retires and WFRC hires Katura Jackson as Executive Director to lead the agency.

2000 WFRC receives a grant from the Division of Maternal and Child to hire a Child Care Health Consultant to focus on improving the health and safety procedures of child care programs in Forsyth County

2001 –  WFRC collaborates with Smart Start of Forsyth County to create a joint community newsletter.

2003 – The agency is chosen to manage CCR&R services across a 7 county region that includes Alleghany, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth Surry, Stokes and Yadkin counties.

2004 – WFRC is ask to facilitate a community group that is trying to establish a child care consortium in the downtown area.

2005 – WFRC continues to expand services and increase staff in an effort to improve the quality of child care in Forsyth County and across the region.

2006 – WFRC updates the organizations website and a new logo for the organization.

2007 – WFRC provides services in 2 additional counties 2 – Ashe and Wilkes.

2008 – CCRC hosted a trivia night fundraiser – Are You Smarter than a 5th grader

 2009 – During the 2008-09 fiscal year, WFRC worked with 2,298 parents to provide them with information to help them understand the benefits of quality child care while educating them on how to choose the best quality child care program for their family and enabled them to work or attend school.

2010  Conducted health and safety related training sessions for 354 child care professionals that encouraged the development of procedures and policies to help reduce the spread of disease.


2011 – WFRC received funding from the Black Philanthropy Initiative to offer marketing and business classes to family child care programs in Forsyth County.

2010  – Conducted health and safety related training sessions for 354 child care professionals that encouraged the development of procedures and policies to help reduce the spread of disease.

2011WFRC received funding from the Black Philanthropy Initiative to offer marketing and business classes to family child care programs in Forsyth County.

2012 – WFRC hosts the first Annual Children’s Champion Luncheon honoring the founding Executive Director, Donna Lambeth and creates the Donna Lambeth Children’s Champion Award to honor individuals who have supported the organization or community with their service.

2013 – WFRC helped 1,527 families find child care or access financial assistance to pay for the cost child care, provided information to over 100 individuals interested in starting a family child care business, and helped 275 child care programs improve the quality of the education they provide to young children.

2014 – WFRC receives a technology grant from the KBR Charitable Trust to update the technology for the organization.

2015WFRC receives funding from the City of Winston Salem and from Forsyth County to support consumer education and child care referrals for residents in our community.

2016 – WFRC celebrates 25 years of service and honors founding organizations: Founders: 
-The Winston Salem Foundation
-United Way
-Northwest Child Development Council
-Junior League of Winston Salem

-City of Winston Salem
-Wachovia/Wells Fargo
-RJR/ Reynolds American
-Womble Carlyle Sandrige and Rice
-Winston Salem Chamber
-Smart Start of Forsyth County
-Wake Forest University

CCRC receives funding from United Way’s Place Matter Initiative to the development of new family child care homes and support tutoring and mentoring for school age children in the selected communities.

2017  WFRC embarks on a rebranding process and unveils a new logo and name at its annual Children’s Champion Luncheon – Child Care Resource Center. Launching an updated website and social media sites.

CCRC is also selected to serve as one of 20 Vroom Ambassadors across the country.

2018 – CCRC is awarded a grant from KBR to host community playgroups to provide supports for family, friend and neighbor caregivers in Forsyth County.

2019 – CCRC is one of three organizations chosen to participate in an intensive infant –toddler research program

2020 – COVID-19 requires CCRC to close the office and work from home.  CCRC continues to provide services to the children, families and child care providers in our region.  CCRC also held its first virtual fundraiser – The Halloween Costume Contest and Dance Party

2021CCRC survives the COVID pandemic and celebrates its 30th anniversary.  CCRC has grown from 2 staff in 1992 to 20 staff in 2021

Please join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary by donating $30.00 a month. We are excited to show you below some of the initiatives that we will use your donation for.

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