Grow It Goal 5
Children of working families get high quality pre-K-to-12 schooling, and attain higher education levels that improve their family’s economic status.

Common Sense
  • As quality of education improves, economic outcomes improve for children, and social costs decline for communities.
  • Communities with excellent schools keep and attract businesses and families.
  • Quality schools increase the value of the families’ investments in their homes.
  • The more education people have beyond high school, the more their lifetime income potential—and the more likely they are to save and build assets.
  • The more education people have, the less likely they are to be unemployed, and the shorter their durations of unemployment.

Fast Facts
  • Lifetime earnings increase with every level of education completed. REF
  • High school dropouts are 75% more likely to be unemployed and earn an average of one-third less than graduates. REF
  • The U.S. is the only country among the 30 OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) free-market member countries where young adults are less educated than the previous generation. REF

Check out related Action Ideas and Alerts below! Or view other Grow It goals here.

College Savings: Big-Sky Style!

University of Montana photo by Wesley Fryer. Shared via Creative Commons. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

In today’s uncertain and competitive economy, a college degree is increasingly considered a must-have to get a decent-paying job. Rural residents are less likely than city dwellers to have a college degree. And this is especially true for residents of chronically poor rural communities, a study by the Carsey Institute at the University of New […]

Pre-College Assistance Programs

The Basic Idea: Increase the opportunities for promising “at-risk” students to go to college and increase their lifetime earning potential. How it works: Identify low-income students who show the academic promise to go to college, but face formidable economic and social barriers. Help students with school achievement through tutoring and counseling. Provide guidance with the […]

Rural IDAs

Earning It isn’t enough to lift families out of poverty—they have to Keep It and Grow It too. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are one of the most successful and tested ways to help families Keep It and Grow It. But there are special challenges and opportunities when you start and run an IDA program in a rural place. The basics […]

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