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Strong Learners

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.

Improve the lives of children, families and communities today.
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The Research Tells Us

1 in 5

In Greater Atlanta communities with low child well-being scores, only 1 in 5 third graders are strong readers.

4x more

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.

1/3

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.

Five Strategies

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.

Other Investment Priorities

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College and Career Ready is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to create a clear path for youth to be successful in high school and graduate ready for higher education and high-growth careers.

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Economic Stability is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to improve job skills and also addresses other factors like health costs, housing or financial education that will ensure families are able to convert increased income into wealth.

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Brighter Future directly addresses regional disparities and focuses on improving conditions in a select set of neighborhoods in South DeKalb, South Fulton and Clayton Counties – all areas with low child well-being scores.

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