When children start school ready to learn, they are more likely to succeed in school and beyond. According to the 2015 President’s Report on The Economics of Early Childhood Investments, every dollar spent on early childhood initiatives provides over eight dollars in benefits back to the children themselves and to society. Studies consistently show that investments in high-quality early childhood development pay off in terms of increased high school graduation rates, higher earnings, greater job security, and fewer encounters with the justice system. Yet, in Forsyth County, almost half of all children enter kindergarten each year at risk of falling behind their peers in reading. The fact that 36 percent of our children (over 8,000) between ages zero to four live below the poverty line, makes it harder for them to succeed academically. 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 in 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.
A list of our most up to date Great Expectations investments can be found here.