Strong academic and social outcomes by adolescence

Children who perform well in 3rd grade reading and 8th grade math are more likely to graduate from high school, continue on to post-secondary education, and obtain high-quality employment. Developing healthy social-emotional skills and avoiding risky behaviors in adolescence are also strong predictors of future success.

Outcomes for elementary and middle school-aged children can be improved by education and health strategies but are also strongly influenced by factors like family stability and community supportiveness.

What sorts of strategies improve outcomes for elementary and middle school-aged children?

Education and youth development: Can strengthen academic performance in reading and math and provide remedial instruction to students who have fallen behind

Health and well-being: Can improve children’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development, create more positive learning environments at school and home, and reduce engagement in risky behaviors

How are you hoping to improve outcomes for elementary and middle school children?

Education & youth development

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Child wellness programs
  • Effective teaching
  • Evidence-based curricula

Health and well-being

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Child wellness programs
  • Nutrition programs
  • School-based health programs

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