SPECIAL INITIATIVE: Great Expectations
Working Together so Children Thrive
Great Expectations works to ensure that children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life–regardless of their race, location, or economic status.
Why early childhood?
When children thrive, we all thrive.
Research shows that every dollar spent on early childhood development initiatives provides over eight dollars in benefits back to society. However, nearly half of the children entering school in Forsyth County are at risk of falling behind their peers in reading. Fewer Latino students are reading at grade level than in other parts of North Carolina. That’s why we work together so all children can thrive, supporting access to universal pre-K and quality, bias-free childcare at licensed centers and in the home.
Poverty has a lasting impact on our youngest residents.
While Forsyth County boasts a growing economy, approximately 34 percent of Forsyth County children are experiencing poverty. Research shows that living in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood is equal to missing one year of school. We’re working together to change this.
We invest in outcomes to foster equity.
We believe everyone should have access to the same education and health opportunities. That’s why we invest in equitable opportunities to improve educational and health outcomes for all young children and their families.
Help young children thrive, by helping families thrive.
What we know: To help young children in Forsyth County thrive, we have to help families thrive. Forsyth County ranks as the second worst out of 2,478 counties nationally for economic mobility for children born into poverty, and this impacts how well they succeed in school.
What we do: We’re exploring ways to build the local will for economic mobility and advance opportunities for families with low incomes.
Updates and Reports
Educational Equity Through High-Quality Pre-K
A call to action from The Pre-K Priority on why investing in high-quality pre-K is a means of advancing social and racial equity in our educational system and enhancing children’s prospects for lifelong success.
Forsyth Family Voices
A community engagement initiative that trained service providers to interview parents and caregivers (largely low-income and of color) about families’ strengths and what they need to help their children succeed.
Early Childhood Service System Analysis
Conducted in partnership with Forsyth Futures, this research created a comprehensive map of services that impact early childhood development, to understand systems gaps and opportunities for alignment.
Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care Study
Surveyed parents and caregivers to learn more about informal childcare arrangements in Forsyth County, because only 34 percent of young children in the county are enrolled in licensed and regulated care.
Our Grantmaking Strategies
We leverage a variety of strategies to advance our goals, across all programs, initiatives, and bodies of work.
Activating Change With Our Values
We start by listening. Believe in communities. Engage unlikely partners. Employ a place-based approach. Believe equity is essential to everything we do. Focus on outcomes. Support scale and sustainability.
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