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The Great Expectations Initiative

logo-greatexpectationsInterfaith Outreach and the Wayzata and Orono School Districts are partners in Great Expectations. The initiative provides in-school and out-of-school educational opportunities designed to set all of our kids on the path to success from cradle to career. A data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused initiative, its agenda is to ensure all kids have the opportunity to start strong, achieve critical learning benchmarks, graduate from high school, have access to post-secondary education and training, and are ready to pursue a career of choice. Download an infographic to learn more.

We are proud that our littlest learners are served by Caring for Kids, and school-aged children are welcomed year-round in our Neighborhood Program (formerly CONECT)* for Homework Clubs and summer camps. Through Great Expectations in both school districts, caring volunteers and staff help young learners build academic and social/emotional skills.

*Formerly CONECT (Community Organizations Networking Compassionately Together), the Neighborhood Program serves individuals, families and children living at nine affordable apartment neighborhood communities.

Contact Matt Miller at or 763-489-7717

Great Expectations Path to Success

Our Kids

63 different languages are spoken in the homes of kids of the Wayzata and Orono School Districts. Almost one in 10 is living in poverty.

Our Challenge

Far too often kids in poverty enter school behind their peers and stay behind on key benchmarks.

Why This Matters

The surest way to escape poverty and overcome barriers is an education that prepares individuals to find and keep a well-paying job.

Your help is needed

Great Expectations brings the community, families, school administrators and teachers together to address the opportunity and achievement gaps and setting all kids on the path to success.