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Our History

In the beginning …

In the late 1960s, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church took the lead in starting the Experiment for Self-Reliance. Helen and Woody Clinard (and others in the new congregation) helped bring together seven churches, one civic club, and one business to battle the effects of poverty and to try to educate Winston-Salem citizens about poverty’s devastating impact. Their work with the Experiment for Self-Reliance inspired St. Anne’s to initiate the Lowrance School Tutoring Project.

This experience of working with children led the congregation to establish a child care center.

What started as a babysitting service for women became a full-time center for children throughout the city, with Helen Clinard as one of the early directors. St. Anne’s supplied the momentum for the Association for the Benefit of Child Development – the ABCD, a nursery school for low income children in 1969 thanks our early visionary and founder, Helen Clinard.

Today …

Imprints Cares is an early childhood education nonprofit, helping to break the cycle of poverty, giving children the early start they need in life.

Through Ready for School Programs and Expanded Learning Services, Imprints Cares seeks to level the playing field for children and their families.

We’ve honored and recognized Helen Clinard in our renovated Family Enrichment Center downtown on Broad. And, Woody Clinard continues to honor her memory as well with his support to Imprints Cares.



To unlock the full potential of children and their families for success in school and in life.


To enrich children’s development while supporting their families on the journey of parenthood.


By nurturing children and supporting parents, we have the ability to change our community for the better.
If we’re successful, we’ll build thriving generations of families who are doing their best—
not only for themselves, but also for their neighbors, including you.

Core Values

Children ALWAYS come first

Our programs and services focus on the whole family

We are good financial stewards

We build strong and lasting partnerships

Local communities are engaged and empowered

We have the courage to innovate change

We hold ourselves accountable for achieving superior outcomes

We engage people from a strength-based perspective

Imprints Cares

502 N. Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101