All kids should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and become the next leaders in our community, but too many children, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods, are struggling to make it to high school graduation.
At-risk students 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. And, without a high school diploma, young adults are 72% more likely to be unemployed as compared to high school graduates. In our region:
- Only 34% of students in Cook County and 53% of students in DuPage County meet or exceed state standards for reading
- 13% of 9th graders in Chicago Public Schools are not on track for success in high school
- 17% of students in Cook County drop out of high school