Why Early Childhood Education Matters to Three Arizona Cities: Efforts to Promote Access, Support Families, and Build Strong Futures in Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix
This brief summarizes a March 2020 Roundtable convening and articulates the value of quality early childhood education programs. Snapshots of programs in three Arizona cities — Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix — illustrate how communities are supporting their youngest residents in ways that increase educational equity and access to economic opportunity for families.
In this 2019 report, Center for Promise researchers spoke with young people about the multiple barriers and factors in their lives that contributed to their decisions to leave or to return and persist through high school.
After speaking with young people about their experiences with re-engagement, the Center for Promise researchers set out to understand what it takes to support enhanced graduation rates. More Than a Village: Perspectives on Re-Engagement in Tucson is the second report in a two-part research series that focuses on high school re-engagement in Tucson, Arizona.
This 2018 report presents profiles, for each of the cities and towns whose mayors were initial Roundtable members, that show the estimated economic loss associated with high school non-completion and youth disconnection (young people who are neither in school nor working) in each locality. The report is accompanied by an explanatory guide.
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Twenty percent of young people in Arizona never graduate from high school and a similar proportion are disconnected from either work or education. These individuals may experience higher joblessness and economic uncertainty, and may be more dependent on government support. Failing to adequately prepare them for success in college, career, and adulthood can create social and financial losses for the federal, state, and local governments. This report details the social and fiscal losses related to high school non-completion and youth disconnection.