What is Great Expectations?

Great Expectations, a community-wide initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, works to ensure that children in Forsyth County 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 time for a change. Almost half of children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten each year at risk of falling behind their peers in reading. Despite well-intentioned efforts on all our parts, we have not made fundamental progress. That’s why the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is investing 30 to 40 million dollars over 10 to 15 years towards a new way of working. Through Great Expectations, we’re listening to parents, aligning good efforts, and investing in best practices. We believe this will improve educational outcomes, foster equity, and help every child—and ultimately our entire county—succeed.