The goal of Great Expectations is to ensure that our young children — particularly those living in financially-disadvantaged families — meet age-appropriate developmental milestones during the first five years, are prepared for kindergarten, and leave kindergarten ready for learning and life success. As a result of the Trust’s 10- to 15-year Great Expectations investment, at least 90% of all financially disadvantaged children living in Forsyth County between the ages of zero and six will:
> Reach age-appropriate developmental milestones from birth to entry into 1st grade
> Enter kindergarten healthy and ready for the grand adventure of schooling
> Graduate from kindergarten healthy and with the knowledge, skills and behaviors expected for success in 1st grade
Great Expectations is a huge undertaking and will require a long-term, comprehensive effort. To help ensure our success, the Trust will:
> forge partnerships with many key stakeholders, including families, providers, organizations and systems to achieve our shared goals.
> work with two, or even three, generations at once to ensure that parents and/or grandparent caregivers are better able to provide a healthy and nurturing environment for their young children.
> invest in an “Activating Agency” to coordinate and support the many partners and activities of Great Expectations.
OUR CORE PRIORITIES
Great Expectations currently focuses on five core priorities:
> Improvements in Child and Family Health
> Improvements in Self-Regulation and Executive Function among Children and Adults
> Improvements in Parent-Child Interactions and Adult Caregiving Capacity
> Supports for Children’s Oral Language and Vocabulary Development
> Building the Capacity of Parents, Providers, Communities, and Systems that Serve Young Children and Families
The Activation Plan for Great Expectations can be found here.
If you have any questions or want to discuss ways to get involved with Great Expectations, please contact our Poor and Needy Director, Joe Crocker at 336-397-5503, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.