Helping Forsyth County children succeed in school takes every one of us, and helps us all.

Great Expectations, a community-wide initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, works to ensure that children in Forsyth County, N.C. reach developmentally-appropriate milestones in the first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life. 

It's unacceptable that almost half our rising kindergartners—particularly those from financially-disadvantaged families—start school each year behind their peers in reading. We're working to foster equity and help every child—and ultimately our entire country—succeed. 

$1 invested in early childhood education = $8 back to society

The President's Report on The Economics of Early Childhood Investments



Meet Dr. Laura Gerald, new Trust president

Find out why the new president of the Kate. B. Reynolds Charitable Trust cares about investing in children.

In the News: Dr. Laura Gerald shares her vision

“Every parent is an expert on their child,” Gerald said said at a community meeting where she introduced Great Expectations.

Getting to Great

Our activation plan presents a strategy for success. 



Successfully changing outcomes for Forsyth County's youngest children and their families will require creative work at multiple levels. We need your help! We're inviting individuals and organizations to engage with us as thought partners, service providers, and more. 


OCTOBER 4, 2016
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust introduces new president to Winston-Salem                                                                                        Please join us for updates on the Trust’'s activities —and Dr. Gerald's encouragement of community efforts to help children succeed in school.

OCTOBER 5, 2016
MDC is hiring a Great Expectations Program Director                                 Review the job description for this position that is central to Great Expectations. 


"Our collective efforts to help children succeed in school will positively impact the entire Forsyth community for generations to come."

Dr. Laura Gerald
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust