ROC the Future releases the 'State of our Children' report card

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Brighton, N.Y. – A group focused on the education of children in Rochester finds progress among students, but need for growth.

ROC the Future chair Ajamu Kitwana said now is the time to be urgent to make change in the lives of kids who live in the city.

“There’s a lot of work to do and a lot of room to grow,” said Kitwana.

ROC the Future found growth in graduation rates, early grade literacy and even some in math. The network of government, local organizations, and community members meet to figure out ways to help the whole student.

The group’s annual State of Our Children report card follows students from pre-k to college or career.

The report finds universal pre-k enrollment has doubled in the last four years and about half of kids are ready for kindergarten.

On the other end, half of the high school graduates enroll in college that first year.

One area ROC the Future believes will help students along the way is literacy.

“We're looking at the role of expanding learning, summer learning what happens in library's what happens in rec centers to make sure we're working in alignment,” said Jackie Campbell.

Along with the city school district, ROC the Future works with Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, All Kids Thrive and the Community Score Card.

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