Learning gaps in children can present themselves as early as 18 months. Children from low-income communities are particularly vulnerable to starting school behind their peers, and may then struggle to keep up as they move from grade to grade. At-risk children who do not receive high-quality early childhood education are 25% more likely to drop out of high school and 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. High school dropouts are 72% more likely to be unemployed as compared to high school graduates.
- 25,777 3rd graders in Cook and DuPage counties are not meeting state standards for reading
- 13% of 9th graders in Cook County are not on track for success in high school
- 17% of students in Cook County do not graduate