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We know that when children are held to high expectations and invested in their education, there is no limit to their success.

Southwest Ohio has been central in the development of our nation, serving as a major hub for the Underground Railroad, the birthplace of the Wright Brothers and aviation, and the country's very first professional baseball team. We're the home of the largest collection of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, the newest team in Major League Soccer, and the largest Oktoberfest celebration, outside of Germany, in the entire world.

It's a region with much to offer. But there can also be a stark different in the opportunities available for students. When we started here in 2012, over 50 percent of children in the region grew up in poverty. Just 39 percent of fifth graders growing up in the city of Cincinnati were proficient in grade-level math, compared to 91 percent of their suburban peers. The gap is similarly wide in Dayton, where 28 percent of fifth graders growing up in poverty were proficient, compared to 84 percent of their neighbors growing up in higher income households. In Northern Kentucky, the rates of proficiency for city versus suburban students were 40 percent and 84 percent, respectively.

But we know change is possible. We know that when children are held to high expectations and invested in their education, there is no limit to their success. With that in mind, we are thrilled to embark upon our seventh year in Southwest Ohio—partnering with students, families, businesses, local leaders, and the community at large to give all of our region’s children access to the freedom that comes with an excellent education.

39%

Low-income fifth graders in Cincinnati are proficient in math, compared to 91 percent of their more affluent peers.

28%

Low-income fifth graders in Dayton are proficient in math, compared to 84 percent of their more affluent peers.

98%

Students we serve are economically disadvantaged.

40%

Urban students in Northern Kentucky with proficient test scores compared to 84 percent of suburban students.

Regional Partners

We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.