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ERIC Number: ED533763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency: The First Two Years of Atlanta's Dunbar Learning Complex
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Every weekday morning, Director Steve White and 40 teachers welcome 206 children to the Early Learning and Literacy Resource Center (ELLRC) in Atlanta. Upstairs in the same building, Principal Karen Brown-Collier and 30 full-time teachers welcome 385 students to Dunbar Elementary School. These 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: (1) Healthy and ready for school by age 5; and (2) Reading to learn by age 8. This unique educational model was launched in January 2010. Since then, 374 children, ages six weeks to PreK, have enrolled at the ELLRC and 385 are currently enrolled at Dunbar Elementary School, an Atlanta public school serving children from kindergarten through fifth grade. This report tells how a group of parents, educators, community-based service providers, funders, and education experts created this world-class learning complex with the ambition of permanently changing the trajectory of children living in poverty. It also shares the impact of those efforts, two years later, on children and their parents. (Contains 7 charts.)
Annie E. Casey Foundation. 701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Georgia