Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.
No one adult can meet all of a child’s needs on their own, which is why ACYI plays an important role in bringing together the people and the resources that cultivate lifelong learners. From early learners to careers, support is essential—both at home, at school and in the community.
What we know and why it’s important.
About 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of five. In fact, research shows that children are born learning, and that their first years of life impact the success they experience later in life.
That’s why our focus is on:
- Early Learners – It’s during the first five years of life when children build the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. On the first day of kindergarten, teachers have high expectations of children. This early childhood period is the most critical time for learning. While it presents the greatest opportunities for positive development, it’s also the period when children are most at risk and benefit from early intervention.
- Young Readers — Learning to read early in elementary school is vital for future success in school and in life. National research shows that a student who can read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times more likely to graduate on time than a child who does not read proficiently by this critical time. Early literacy intervention makes a tremendous difference in a child’s academic life.
- Middle School Math – A strong indicator of whether a young person is on track to graduate is their ability to learn basic math during the middle school years in order to build on this knowledge in high school.
- Positive Role Models — Children and young adults need support and guidance navigating life’s day-to-day challenges. When young people are encouraged and inspired by positive adult and peer role models outside of home or school, it has a profound impact on their self-esteem, motivation, academic success, and their ability to make confident and positive life choices.
- Healthy Choices — When teens are presented with opportunities to make positive and healthy choices, they are more likely to get good grades, graduate from high school, and have a successful future.
- Graduating High School — Graduating high school is one of the greatest milestones in life. A high school diploma sets young people on a path toward success, dramatically increasing their potential earnings and satisfaction with life. On the other hand, not finishing high school can have a profound impact on success, health, and happiness. Without a diploma, it’s more difficult to have a successful career.
- College and Careers — Not only do we strive to see Adams County students graduate from high school, we hope to set them up for future success in college and their careers. College students are much more likely to succeed when they start on track and feel supported.