Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits, and it is fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity: a well-educated workforce attracts world-class jobs.
High School graduation is the single most powerful predictor of whether a young person coming from generations of poverty will break the cycle. Essential skills honed in school – such as critical thinking and effective communication – increase a child’s likelihood of becoming productive adults and active citizens.
But we can’t focus on high school alone. Research shows that quality early childhood education, regular attendance and reading at grade level by the end of third grade play a key role in preparing children for the future. In fact, there are key milestones across the cradle to career continuum that serve as checkpoints to ensure young people stay on track and receive the support they need to reach their full potential. It takes all of us – supportive communities, effective schools, and strong families – working together to get the job done.