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



In the News: We're listening at KBR-- and learning

Dr. Laura Gerald shares more about family and community input in Great Expectations in the Winston-Salem Journal.

#WOYC17 National Week of the Young Child: April 24 - April 28

We're celebrating Forsyth's youngest. their families, and #earlychildhood teachers with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools this year.

Great Expectations Progress Update

Learn about GE's progress since the 2015 launch. 



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. 


MARCH 1, 2017
Universal PreK is a top recommendation in Poverty Thought Force Report Through exchanges with local and national anti-poverty advocates and experts and the larger Forsyth community, the report makes a host of other recommendations - 56 total - across five thematic areas.                                                        

FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Closing the Gaps: Smart Start of Forsyth County Read about the way this community connector supports families and fellow advocates toward good change in the latest Focus on Forsyth feature by EdNC. 


"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