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



First in Future: Dr. Laura Gerald on PBS

Trust President, Dr. Gerald, discusses the role the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust can play in improving lives. 

Winston-Salem Journal: We're listening at KBR... and learning

Read more about how listening and learning are essential to Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's investment in Great Expectations.

Forsyth Family Voices and ECSSA

We're learning from parents and the agencies who serve them.



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. 


MAY 16, 2017
NC Child - 2017 County Data Cards Asking, "how do children in your community fare?", these data cards, resources, and ideas for transforming data into action were recently released to all interested in supporting children in North Carolina.                                                        

MAY 8, 2017
UNC - Interactive Maps Showing How the NC Pre-K Program is Delivered in Each County Get a better idea of the distribution and usage of NC Pre-K across counties and regions via these interactive maps produced by the UNC School of Government.


"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