Improving outcomes and expanding opportunities for learners all across the education spectrum—and our region.
Unlock the Doors of Opportunity
The metro Atlanta region has some of the poorest educational outcomes for children—and adults—in the nation. Our educational institutions and programs face numerous challenges: densely populated areas marked by high concentrations of poverty; dramatic racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity; public disinvestment; and declining community and parental support. These challenges contribute to the huge gap in academic achievement between the rich and the poor, evidenced in our country and particularly in our region.
At the Community Foundation, we know that children thrive academically when they’re surrounded by a web of individual, family and neighborhood support that includes parental education and involvement, as well as quality nutrition, stable housing, access to health services and community safety. That’s why the Foundation is advancing long-term, collaborative and comprehensive efforts including traditional and innovative approaches, quality early childhood and youth development programming, individual student support and scholarships, parent involvement and employment preparation and training.
Because lifelong learning begins well before a child sets foot in a classroom and continues long after a cap-and-gown commencement.
We’ll measure progress by tracking:
- Percentage of children ready for kindergarten
- Rate of school attendance
- Percentage of students graduating high school on time
- Percentage of students completing postsecondary education