Program Outcomes

While recognizing that education is a vast issue area and could take on a myriad of strategies to help children succeed academically,  our Program Officers analyze the following outcomes, which were informed by feedback from direct service providers and issue area experts, as a sign of quality services.
The list below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all outcomes tracked by service providers however are important factors used to evaluate a grant application.
  • Maintain or increase grade point average
  • Increase grade promotion/graduation
  • Increase in school attendance
  • Decrease in percentage of unexcused absences as a result of program participation
  • Increase in reading letter grade gains and reading levels
  • Increase in percentage of students persisting through college

For more information on our Child and Youth Education issue area, please contact Molly Baltman.

Supports nonprofit organizations that help students from low-income families successfully transition through key stages in their academic career, enter and persist through post-secondary programs.

The supported key stages include: K-third grade reading proficiency, high school completion, access to and persistence through post-secondary education.
Eligible programs include academic tutoring, college preparation/entrance assistance, college persistence support, standardized test preparation, truancy/drop-out prevention and
K-3 children’s literacy programs.

Priority is given to programs tracking student academic achievement. Programs providing support to enhance the education system are also considered.


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