A Unique Approach

Literacy is much more than an education issue. Low achievement in reading is a systemic crisis that calls for innovative solutions to complex issues. Efforts to change long-term outcomes must begin early—long before children enter kindergarten.

Our partners are using research and data to look at some of the root causes for why a child might not be reading. This new approach led to a focus on early brain development and language-rich interactions with infants and toddlers, school attendance, summer learning loss, and the influence of physical and mental health on all aspects of learning and development.

These investigations reveal that far too many children in Georgia lack access to quality health care, housing, nutrition, and supportive learning environments. And far too many children experience the trauma of stress and violence in their homes and neighborhoods, inhibiting their ability to learn and grow.

When we use research and data to uncover underlying factors that influence a child’s ability to read, we increase our opportunities to improve outcomes.

We invite you to dive into these relevant data points indicating factors affecting children’s ability to read proficiently—and to use data tools developed by Campaign partners to help craft solutions together.

Click on the icons below to learn more.

This data and analysis was compiled and developed under the leadership of the Campaign’s Data and Evaluation Subcommittee that’s comprised of research, data, and evaluation specialists at a number of public and private entities in Georgia: Atlanta Regional Commission, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Emory University, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Institute for Technology, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.