Every Child/Every Promise is committed to helping our community work together to create positive outcomes for children, youth and families. By studying national models of successful youth programs and combining those best practices with our own local data, our community can create exceptional initiatives help to deliver the Five Promises to our youth.
Complete and accurate datahelps our community to develop better strategies and use resources more efficiently in providing the Five Promises to young people. Dubuque’s Promise:A Youth Indicator Report allows school districts, city and county agencies and youth-serving organizations to ask critical questions about youth and how their organizations work collectively to achieve positive outcomes for youth and community. Thereport provides analytic power to partner organizations to enhance community youth development both in and across organizations and institutions. This unique arrangement enables policy-makersand practitioners to:
- Improve the delivery of services to youth.
- Support inter-agency collaboration to provide a comprehensive, coordinated system of care.
- Expand resources and programs.
Out-of-School Time Initiative
The conventional six-hour, 180-day school year may not be enough for students inour public schools.Every Child/Every Promise and a coalition of program providers and school leaders is seeking to address this shortcomingby helping nonprofits and schoolsto expand learning time during the summer and regular school day or year.As a result of this collaborative effort, the Dubuque Community School District has received an $850,000 21stCentury Learning Grant to implement a coordinated after-school program in Dubuque’s two Title 1 Middle Schools called Leadership Enrichment After-School Programs (LEAP). The collaborative is now looking at how to build on this success and reach more students at other Dubuqueschools.
Third Grade Reading Initiative
The DubuqueCampaign for grade-level readingis a collaborative effort by funders and nonprofit partners across thecommunityto ensure that more of our low-income children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
We are targeting three challengesto students’ success in order to improve outcomes:
- School Readiness: Many children from low-income families begin school far behind. Research shows that these children are less likely to have had access to books and high-quality child care, and are less likely to be read to on a regular basis. These kinds of interactions are critical for language development, an important precursor to literacy.
- School Attendance: Too many childrenmiss too many days of school. Research shows that 1 in 10 kindergarten and firstgrade students nationwide misses nearly a month of school each year in excusedand unexcused absences. These students lose valuable class time during which reading instruction is a central part of the curriculum.
- Summer Learning Loss: Without access to enriching activities over the summer months, research shows that children can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, theycan be nearly three grade levels behind peers who engage in quality activities.
Access to Transportation
Having great programsthat support youth can only have an impact if young people can access them. One barrier to access is transportation. Many of Dubuque’s children do not have access to beforeand after school or summer programs, while others do not have consistent transportation to school. By connecting to resources like ECIA’s Transit Action Group and working withthe RTA, The Jule, schools, and other organizations, Every Child/Every Promise works to improve access to transportation and to ensure programs happen in schools and neighborhoods to reduce the need for transportation.