2019 Cradle-to-Career Year In Review
In its second year, imPACT East Idaho continues to build on its foundation for change along the Cradle to Career continuum, including bringing motivated community leaders to the table, thoughtful dissection of data, alignment of strategies and programs with partners, building capacity to do collective work, developing relationships with new partners, and community education.
United Way of Southeastern Idaho is 110% committed to improve the success of students and enrich the talent pipeline in the seven southeastern counties of Idaho. We recognize that the economic competitiveness and social well-being of Southeastern Idaho is heavily dependent upon the educational attainment and workforce readiness of our citizens. Our efforts aim for a significant gain in educational attainment and a region-wide culture shift that moves community members out of the cycle of generational poverty.
Our collaborative partnership, imPACT East Idaho, is focused on the following key areas in the cradle to career continuum:
Being ready for kindergarten affects future academic achievement and life success. Children develop fundamental skills and responses in early childhood that build strong foundations for reading, counting, and social interactions. Studies show that as a child’s kindergarten readiness scores improve, third-grade reading and math scores rise accordingly.
Early Grade Reading
Literacy is critical to a child’s academic success, particularly early-grade reading. Children in the early grades begin to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Reading at a grade level is one of the strongest predictors of later success in school, with data showing the link between disparaties in literacy during the early grades and persistent achievement gaps.
Middle Grade Math
Middle-grade math has become an important milestone for high school persistence, academic achievement, college attainment and readiness for the workforce. Research indicates that students who successfully complete middle-grade math perform better in geometry, more advanced algebra, trigonometry and calculus. A child’s math curriculum also has a strong link to college enrollment.
High School Graduation
Students who graduate from high school earn higher wages and see better results in other measures of personal and social welfare, such as health and relationships. Increasing the educational attainment of one generation improves the next generation’s academic and social outcomes
More valuable than ever, degrees and certifications open doors to meaningful jobs and stable futures. Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree can earn more than individuals with only a high school diploma, and postsecondary attainment also leads to improved health and social outcomes. Society benefits from a more educated population, including lower crime rates and more community involvement.
Connecting postsecondary graduates to good jobs is the ultimate goal of the cradle to career pipeline. Students who are employed within a year of graduation are on their way to achieving self-sufficiency. When a community’s workforce is fully engaged, the entire community is stronger.
We promote the effective use of data-informed decision making to better drive our work. The 2018 Education Report Card serves as the baseline in measuring the success of children and youth in our region. To learn more, call us at 208-232-1389.