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



Parent Input and Community Collaboration Drive New Great Expectations Grants

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has made some new investments to support Forsyth County children's success.

First in Future: Dr. Laura Gerald on PBS

Trust President, Dr. Gerald, discusses the role strategic philanthropy can play in improving lives. 

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. 


JUNE 3, 2017
Philanthropy NC - Reynolds Trust investing $1 million in Forsyth kids The Trust in Winston-Salem awarded over $1 million in grants to local groups that work to help young children in Forsyth County succeed in school.           

MAY 31, 2017
Focus on Forsyth - Turning parents into partners by listening Forsyth Family Voices is in its second iteration, and providers are deepening relationships with caregivers - as well as each other - in our shared, collaborative approach to family engagement.




"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