Why In Reach?
Because the county we provide programs in, Prince George’s located in Maryland right outside of Washington, DC, has the second-worst dropout rate (13.9%) and second-lowest graduation rate in the state (81.4%). Sixty-three percent of students receive free and reduced school meals; 74.6% of 3rd graders and 90.9% of 8th graders are not meeting or exceeding expectations in math (1); and 75.2% and 71.2% of 3rd and 8th graders, respectively, are not meeting or exceeding expectations in Reading (1).
Because children and youth need to be prepared for college, work, and life by the time they graduate from high school. This is especially true for children who grow up in under-served communities, are from low-income households, and under-perform academically. When a child cannot read and do even basic math, indicators of their academic preparedness, not only will their future opportunities be limited but their academic experience will be difficult, at best.
Because the adults – parents, and teachers - who spend the most time with children and youth need support too. Preparing students for college, work and life take the effort of a village. Parents and teachers need access to resources and opportunities to strengthen their capacity.
And because we deliver. Key findings from our 2017 evaluation include:
- Attendance rates were high across our three school sites
- Our sites implemented robust enrichment programs
- Students exceeded English/language arts and math grade objectives at all school sites in quarters two through four.
- Strong parent and family programming were provided
- Teachers participated in some professional development
Our programs are needed. The public school system cannot do it alone.
(1) Advocates for Children and Youth, 2017 Child Well-being Indicators, PARCC data