Did You Know?

SOURCE: The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book:

    • High-quality prekindergarten programs for 3 and 4 year-olds play an important role in preparing children for success and leads to higher levels of educational attainment, career advancement and earnings.


    • Proficiency in reading by the end of the third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational development. Children who reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently are most likely to disengage  and drop out of school.


    • Ensuring that children have early access to high-quality mathematics education is critical for their success in both school and life. Even for young people who do not attend college, basic math skills help with everyday functioning and improves employability.


  • Students who graduate from high school on time are more likely to pursue postsecondary education and training; they are more employable and have higher incomes than students who fail to graduate.

Visions Inspiring Progress:

    • “Change in education cannot be implemented on a piecemeal basis. The administration needs a new vision, one rooted in the recognition that schools must provide equal opportunity for all children to learn if the schools are to fulfill their vital role as the cornerstone of our democracy.” – Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University


    • “Sufficient school funding, fairly distributed to districts to address concentrated poverty, is an essential precondition for the delivery of a high-quality education in the 50 states.” – David Sciarra, Executive Director of the Education Low Center in Newark, NJ


  • “The transforming impact of excellent public schools is proven. The sad irony is that learning-related resources necessary for high academic performance are often tilted toward middle-class and affluent schools.” – Edwin C. Darden, Director of Education Law and Policy, Appleseed