Strong Learners is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to improve educational outcomes for children by addressing the factors beyond school that often get in the way of success, like early learning opportunities, supports outside of school, health and financial stability of families.
In Greater Atlanta communities with low child well-being scores, only 1 in 5 third graders are strong readers.
If children aren’t strong readers, their opportunities are limited—work, school or in life. If they can’t read at grade level by third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
Only 1/3 of the children in Greater Atlanta are having their early childhood care needs met. But we know it’s crucial for them to enter school prepared to learn.
With a clear understanding of the roles and resources each sector brings to the table, we are investing in five strategies that offer the highest potential to improve third-grade reading in communities with low child well-being scores.
Ensure more young children have quality learning experiences at home, at quality early childhood providers, and in the community.