U.S. Education Results
Thanks to you, Save the Children works in more than 100 rural communities in America where child poverty rates are high – and resources are low. Together with local partners, we help build, staff and deliver high-quality early childhood education and family engagement programs that get children ready for kindergarten and help them excel by third grade. Through our new Rural Collective Impact Approach, launched in 2018, Save the Children is convening local leaders and empowering communities to create a successful cradle-to-career pathway that supports vulnerable children and strengthens communities by outlining clear objectives for children.
Thanks to you, we directly reached 67,000 children in 17 U.S. states last year through our education programs.
Your Results: The Highlights
EARLY LEARNING STRIDES
We delivered our best early learning results yet! Through our Early Steps to School Success home-visiting program, we work with parents from before their child’s birth to age 5 to support early child development through education activities, book exchanges and parent-child groups. In the 2017-18 school year, 9 in 10 children in our programs scored at or above the normal range for vocabulary achievement – an exceptional result, especially given our work with at-risk children facing multiple challenges.
And our readers are thriving! We help struggling students achieve the third-grade reading milestone – going from learning to read to reading to learn. In the 2017-18 school year, our children read an average of 102 books. Four in five children who began the school year reading below grade level showed significant reading improvement by year end – equivalent to six months of additional schooling.
EXPANDING TO SERVE MORE CHILDREN
A growing body of research indicates that early numeracy and math achievement is a predictor of a child’s future success. In 2018, we introduced a brand new math curriculum in 50 of our early and school-age learning programs. Building on our Hurricane Harvey recovery work, we launched our successful afterschool programs – including literacy, math and social and emotional learning, plus physical activity and a healthy snack – in five Texas schools, serving 750 children. In North Dakota, we opened a second Head Start center, serving 80 children. And we’re offering our social and emotional learning programs in even more communities to help children and families facing toxic stress and other challenges.
A VALUABLE HEAD START
Through our comprehensive Early Head Start and Head Start approach, we support the whole development of each child, addressing their education, social, emotional, health and nutrition needs, while engaging parents, families and communities. We’re also focusing on the hardest-to-reach children, including those experiencing homelessness and children in foster care. In 2018, we served 2,400 children and families in four states.
JOURNEY OF HOPE
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, we developed an evidence-based program to give children and the adults who care for them the skills they need to cope with loss, fear and stress. That program, Journey of Hope, has since been adapted to help kids dealing with trauma from problems like poverty, community violence or abuse. More than 85,000 kids in the U.S. have participated in the program so far.
Early childhood education is the most important economic and social justice question that our country is facing.
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