Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency

The First Two Years of Atlanta’s Dunbar Learning Complex

Posted January 1, 2012
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The Dunbar Learning Complex is part of Atlanta's Mechanicsville neighborhood, where many hard-working, low-income families live, work and play. The Dunbar Learning Complex occupies the same city block as a park, a new pool, playground and athletic fields in an effort to provide area children with high-quality educational and living opportunities. The learning complex is part of a comprehensive community change effort underway in Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit V with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Atlanta Civic Site. Since 2001, Casey has utilized research and data-informed best practices to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families in this area by focusing on three interconnected results: education achievement, family economic success, and neighborhood transformation.

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Atlanta's Dunbar Learning Complex

In Atlanta, children and their parents are benefiting from an innovative learning complex that provides high-quality education to children from six weeks of age through fifth grade, ensuring that every child is healthy and ready for school by age 5 and reading to learn by age 8.