The indicators demonstrated on this page measure outcomes across various critical stages of a child’s development. Children who enter school unprepared for kindergarten can struggle, lose confidence and fall behind. If they are not able to ‘learn to read’ by third grade, they are less able to ‘read to learn’ from Grade 4 and beyond. And without a financial means to attend college in their sights, many aren’t motivated to keep up attendance or try hard in their high school studies.
Thanks to the work of our local literacy coalitions, the Early Childhood Alliance, Say Yes to Education Syracuse and multiple community organizations, we are beginning to see optimistic development in these areas. But much work still needs to be done to ensure that all of our children have equal access to effective schooling and enter ready to learn and excel.
By ensuring that our children receive a quality education across the lifespan, we are also addressing numerous community challenges at the same time — from poverty to home ownership and healthcare outcomes. Setting them up well now will help our next generation to succeed, planting the seed for a prosperous and thriving region.