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Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

February 07, 2014

Children who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families and 66 percent of all fourth-graders are not reading at grade level. While improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency levels remain low. Given the critical nature of reading to children’s individual achievement and the nation’s future economic success, the Casey Foundation offers recommendations for communities and policymakers…
Race Matters Toolkit

January 15, 2014

This toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. The toolkit presents a specific point of view on addressing unequal opportunities by race and offers simple, results-oriented steps to help you achieve your goals.
The Changing Child Population of the United States: Analysis of Data from the 2010 Census

January 15, 2014

This paper explores the nation’s changing child population based on data from the 2010 census. While the number of U.S. children increased only slightly, the demographic shifts within the population were considerable. Some areas of the country (Nevada and Texas) and some demographic groups (including children of mixed race) grew significantly, while the number of children in other areas (Vermont and New York) and in other groups (such as non-Hispanic whites) declined.
A Framework for Learning and Results in Community Change Initiatives: Imagine, Act, Believe

June 10, 2013

In 2000, the Annie E. Casey Foundation launched a multisite community change effort called Making Connections. The initiative tests the theory that children do better when their families do better, and families do better when they live in neighborhoods that provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and wealth; responsive, culturally relevant services; and social networks that empower residents and connect them to supports. This paper released in 2006 presents a framework that helps communities and Making Connections sites focus on learning in unconventional ways.
Closing the Achievement Gap:School, Community, Family Connections

June 10, 2013

The Casey Foundation believes that strong relationships among schools, families, and communities are necessary if schools that serve low-income children are to help young people graduate ready to succeed in life. The publication includes stories about the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute, parent organizing in Texas and Denver, one California school district’s innovative parent engagement policy, and the Foundation’s contribution to results measurements in the field.
Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

June 10, 2013

This longitudinal study confirms the link between third grade scores and high school graduation and, for the first time, breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.The report recommends aligning quality early education programs with the curriculum and standards in the primary grades; paying better attention to health and developmental needs of young children; and providing work training and other programs that will help lift families out of poverty.
Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

June 10, 2013

This is a special report commissioned by Annie E. Casey Foundation with support from the KIDS COUNT Data Center. The document “highlights the causes and consequences of low reading proficiency and proposes solutions” towards closing the achievement gap
Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

June 10, 2013

Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. This KIDS COUNT special report affirms a commitment by the Casey Foundation to help ensure that all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade and help narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
Education Knowledge Center

June 10, 2013

This is a section of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s website that highlights all of their reports, models and case studies focused on early education.
Linking Home-Based Child Care and State-Funded Preschool: The Community Connections Preschool Program

June 10, 2013

This report describes an evaluation of the Community Connections preschool program model, which incorporates classroom-based and home provider-based elements.