Great Expectations News

What We’re Learning About Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care

Our Great Expectations initiative works to ensure that children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life. We believe that listening to and learning from our community is an essential part of everything we do. Through this listening process, we have learned that families experiencing poverty in Forsyth County—often families of color—have not had a strong voice in decision-making when it comes to addressing the needs of their children.

Trust President Dr. Laura Gerald Appointed to NC Early Childhood Advisory Council

Congratulations to Trust President Dr. Laura Gerald on her appointment to North Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Appointed by Governor Cooper, council members work to provide leadership in the development of a premiere early learning and development system for children birth to age 8.

Helping Mothers and Babies in Forsyth County Succeed

For all children, learning begins long before they ever enter a classroom. And many new mothers—whether they are first-time parents or are caring for multiple children—have questions and need support. At the Trust, we believe every mother—and family—should have access to the information and resources she needs to feel confident in caring for her baby and herself, as she becomes her child’s first and most important teacher.

Great Expectations 2017 Funding Priorities

What We Believe

At the Trust, we believe we need to work together to ensure the young children of Forsyth County, North Carolina—especially those in financially disadvantaged families—meet developmentally-appropriate milestones in their first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life. That’s why we launched Great Expectations in 2015.

Parent Input and Community Collaboration Drive New Great Expectations Grants

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust today announced Great Expectations’ grants aimed at helping young children in Forsyth County enter school ready to learn and leave set for success.

The Trust’s investments build on information gleaned from Forsyth Family Voices, a listening and learning effort to gather insights from parents and providers in our community. Grants were also informed by a thorough analysis of existing gaps in the early childhood system.


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