Goal:  Children from every family succeed in school and early adulthood

Local Priorities

  1. Cradle to Kindergarten. Gaston County families with small children will have opportunities to help infants and toddlers develop in age appropriate ways.
  2. Kids on Target. Students in every grade will achieve grade level proficiency in reading, math, and science.
  3. Grade 13. Gaston County high school graduates will be prepared to further their education and increase their employability


  • 50% of low income 3rd graders in Gaston County don’t read at grade level. Those children will always struggle to catch up.
  • 19% of students in Gaston County don’t graduate from high school.