The Atlanta Civic Site supports a 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 complex combines two educational institutions under one roof: the Early Learning and Literacy Resource Center (ELLRC), serving children from age six weeks through pre-K, and Dunbar Elementary School, which offers pre-K through fifth-grade classes. Standards, curriculum, assessment and instruction from pre-K to third grade are aligned across the two schools to ensure students are reading on grade level.
The Dunbar Learning Complex opened in January 2010 and celebrated its two-year anniversary with an event on May 2. The civic site and its partners marked this milestone by celebrating the early but promising results the complex is seeing among children and families in NPU-V. More than 200 parents, staff, partners, funders, elected officials, educational advocates and public agency leaders attended the celebration, which included the release of Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency, a report highlighting the gains achieved by children at the complex. The event also honored the teachers and staff who have made those gains possible.