Atlanta’s Early Learning and Literary Resource Center to Partner with Educare

Posted September 3, 2012
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Since its Jan­u­ary 2010 launch, the Ear­ly Learn­ing and Lit­er­a­cy Resource Cen­ter (ELL­RC) at the Dun­bar Learn­ing Com­plex has been build­ing a sol­id record of suc­cess with data on stu­dent achieve­ment, show­ing promis­ing ear­ly results and attract­ing nation­al atten­tion. As a result of its ini­tial suc­cess, the ELL­RC is part­ner­ing with Edu­care Learn­ing Net­work to become Edu­care Atlanta, the 17th Edu­care School in the nation.

Edu­care is a research-based ear­ly learn­ing pro­gram that serves chil­dren at risk of aca­d­e­m­ic fail­ure and their fam­i­lies. With con­tin­u­ous data eval­u­a­tion, the Edu­care net­work is demon­strat­ing that, if you start ear­ly and pro­vide high-qual­i­ty ear­ly learn­ing, you can pre­vent the achieve­ment gap that often forms between low-income chil­dren and their high­er-income peers. By join­ing this net­work, the ELL­RC can increase its effec­tive­ness in prepar­ing NPU‑V chil­dren for read­ing pro­fi­cien­cy and life­long success.

This is all part of the Atlanta Civic Site’s birth-through-third-grade strat­e­gy that aims to ensure all chil­dren in the Dun­bar Learn­ing Com­plex are pro­fi­cient read­ers by the end of third grade. The ELL­RC serves chil­dren from 6 weeks of age through pre‑K, and Dun­bar Ele­men­tary School offers pre‑K through fifth grade. Stan­dards, cur­ricu­lum, assess­ment and instruc­tion from pre‑K to third grade are aligned across the two adjoined schools to ensure stu­dents are read­ing on grade level.

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