U.S. Education

Every last child right here in the United States deserves the opportunity to learn, a proven ladder out of poverty – and starting early is key.

Thanks to you, Save the Children works with parents to help them become their child’s first and best teacher through our home visiting program. We lead Head Start and Early Head Start programs in four states, providing early learning opportunities to underserved children. We also help children get ready for kindergarten and become proficient readers by third grade, a major marker of future success. In 2017, we directly reached over 66,000 children in America through our education programs, including 3,700 in Head Start and Early Head Start.

At our SummerBoost Camp in rural Tennessee children who would otherwise likely lose previous school-year learning continue to gain education. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017. At our SummerBoost Camp in rural Tennessee children who would otherwise likely lose previous school-year learning continue to gain education. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017. At our SummerBoost Camp in rural Tennessee children who would otherwise likely lose previous school-year learning continue to gain education. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017. At our SummerBoost Camp in rural Tennessee children who would otherwise likely lose previous school-year learning continue to gain education. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017.

Your Results: The Highlights








EARLY LEARNING SUCCESS

Through our highly effective home visiting program, we work with parents to support early development through educational activities, book exchanges and parent-child groups. During the 2016-17 school year, 85 percent of our 3-year-olds scored at or above the normal range for vocabulary acquisition. SEE DETAILS

READY FOR KINDERGARTEN

We help children transition to kindergarten by fostering family-school connections through KinderBoost. Last year, 99 percent of our families felt their children were better prepared for kindergarten, and 100 percent of schools said KinderBoost strengthened the transition to kindergarten. SEE DETAILS

SUCCESSFUL READERS

Our literacy programs help struggling students achieve the third-grade reading milestone – going from learning to read to reading to learn. In 2017, our children read an average of 68 books. More than 77 percent showed significant reading improvement – equivalent to 5.9 more months of school. SEE DETAILS

FUN SUMMER LEARNING

We provide our award-winning SummerBoost Camp to prevent the “summer slide,” where children lose learning achievements made in the previous school year. In 2017, 56 percent of our children maintained or improved reading proficiency over the summer, and 72 percent improved math scores – while having fun! SEE DETAILS






















 

The Year’s Top Videos: U.S. Learning

Meet busy, playful Preston. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, he’s able to participate in our Early Steps for School Success program – so he gets the strong start every child deserves. See more supporter favorites below.

“When I Was Little, I Couldn’t Read”

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Learning Shouldn’t Take a Vacation

Will Katlynn Become a Lifelong Learner?

Here’s the good news: It takes so little – a ball, a book, a parent who is given the encouragement to read or talk or sing to a child – to make a life-changing difference.

Jennifer Garner,
Save the Children Trustee, testifying on Capitol Hill about the importance of early childhood education, March 16, 2017

Your Results: The Details

EARLY LEARNING SUCCESS
Through our highly effective home visiting program, Early Steps to School Success, we work with parents from before their child’s birth to age 5 to support early child development through educational activities, book exchanges and parent-child groups. During the 2016-17 school year, 85 percent of our 3-year-olds scored at or above the normal range for vocabulary acquisition.

READY FOR KINDERGARTEN
With your support, our education experts help ensure children successfully transition to kindergarten by fostering family-school connections through a program called KinderBoost. Last year, 99 percent of our KinderBoost families felt their children were better prepared for kindergarten, and 100 percent of schools said KinderBoost strengthened the transition to kindergarten.

SUCCESSFUL READERS
Our literacy programs help struggling students achieve the third-grade reading milestone – going from learning to read to reading to learn. In 2017, our children read an average of 68 books. More than 77 percent showed significant reading improvement – equivalent to 5.9 more months of school. Our Healthy Choices kids participated in 30 minutes of daily physical activity, so they’re fit and focused on learning.

FUN SUMMER LEARNING
We provide our award-winning SummerBoost Camp to prevent the “summer slide,” where children lose learning achievements made in the previous school year. In 2017, 56 percent of our SummerBoost children maintained or improved reading proficiency over the summer months, and 72 percent improved their math scores. What’s more, they had fun doing it!

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