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School Success

Disadvantaged children start school at least 2 years behind in pre-reading skills.

For every 50 children who don’t learn to read in kindergarten, 44 will still be struggling in 3rd grade.

Children without reading skills by 3rd grade are unlikely to graduate.  

New research shows grades and absenteeism rates by 3rd grade can predict dropouts with 90% accuracy.  That's why the entire education continuum — from birth through 21 — must be in our sight-line if we are to move the needle on high school graduation.

Check out our recent success stories:

2014 - Nia's Success Story
2013 - John's Success Story

School Success Research:

Family Engagement in the Transition to Kindergarten

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

5 Numbers to Remember about Early Child Development

Study Shows many Young Children Lagging in Cognitive Skills at Age 8

The Raising of America -  Documentary Segment

The Raising of America Project

New Poll: Bipartisan Support for Early Childhood Education Investments

The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth

Is Quality Pre-Kindergarten the Key to a Better Vocabulary?

Business Leaders Say Early Childhood Investments Needed to Overcome Skills Gap

Early Childhood Education as an Essential Component of Economic Development

Building a Grad Nation Report - Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

State of the Young Child Fast Facts

College and Career Readiness: The Importance of Early Learning

Transforming Schools Through Expanded Learning

National Center on Time and Learning

PCS Graduation Rate is Highest in History 




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