Education

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Children who graduate from high school are more likely to get stable jobs that can sustain a family and enable them to contribute to the local economy. But, the path to success in school begins during the earliest stages of a child’s life.

Learn more about the importance of reading to your child and read our tips on how to read to your child. Check out our Education Resources. Find out how education affects our community through our Common Good Forecaster.

 Early Childhood Education

On average, 55% of children entering kindergarten in Shawnee County do not have the basic skills necessary to start learning. Those who start behind often stay behind and are less likely to graduate high school. Learn more about Early Childhood Education.

We’re working to:

  • Provide children of all abilities, birth to 5 years of age, the opportunity to gain pre-literacy skills necessary to begin school ready to learn
  • Ensure that early childhood professionals participate in professional development and access resources to increase their knowledge of early literacy skills and child development
  • Support and advocate for continuous learning opportunities throughout the year

On Grade Achievement

Children who are not proficient in reading and math by sixth grade comprise 60% of the students who will not graduate from high school. Learn more about On Grade Achievement.

We’re working to:

  • Provide one-on-one intervention by adult tutors
  • Connect families with schools to improve academic achievement
  • Support and advocate for continuous learning opportunities throughout the year

Learn more about our funding process for partner agencies.