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Learning Together, Inc.

Building Equity Through Education

Raleigh, NC   |  www.learningtogether.org

Mission

Learning Together’s certified developmental day center and community of resources empowers children with and without developmental delays and their families with the tools and skills essential for a life of learning and success.

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Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Mr. Kyle Reese

Main address

228 W. Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27603 USA

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EIN

51-0161593

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Our programs

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Learning Together

50+ years ago Learning Together pioneered inclusive education in North Carolina. Today we are the leader in early childhood education equity. Our Pre-K+ Model layers evidence-based curricula, onsite therapies, and family advocacy to build a strong academic infrastructure addressing deep-rooted systemic inequities, and disrupt the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

Our Super-Inclusive program builds equity though education, reducing biases based on race, income and disability. In 2023, 65% of our Black students entered our program below age-specific math and literacy standards. Without early intervention, Black students are at higher risk of underperforming and dropping out of high school, feeding intergenerational poverty and injustices.

Our model inspires lifelong learning based on inclusion, empathy and dignity for people of all abilities, races and backgrounds, resulting in a community that wont accept racism, ableism and implicit bias in education, employment and everyday life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Parents
Caregivers
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who are promoted to the next grade on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

To measure academics, we track the number of children transitioning to kindergarten on the Standard Course of Study defined by WCPSS. On average, 90% of students achieve this goal.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Learning Together is the only certified Developmental Day Center (DDC) in downtown Raleigh that serves preschool age children. Since the pandemic, there are only 3 left in Wake County, and 17 left across NC; previously 31 centers across NC in 2020. Meanwhile, the need for services have grown substantially with underserved populations being at risk of losing access to early intervention.

Learning Together has led advocacy efforts through the North Carolina Association of Developmental Day Center Directors (NCADD), as Jan Baker who is the program contact, has served as NCADDs President. As the state loses placement options, it decreases the systems ability to meet federal special education mandates, less children will receive DDC services focused on inclusion, and underserved communities will further be marginalized compounding negative intergenerational outcomes.

High quality preschool for children 3-4 years old improves school readiness, but 67% of the children who
are not in preschool programs live below the poverty level. This leads to only 48% of low-income children
being ready for kindergarten compared to 75% of moderate- or high-income children. This lack of
readiness contributes to the 83% percent of low-income children who are at increased risk of dropping out
of high school because they cant read proficiently by third grade. Every child who does not complete high
school costs society an estimated minimum of $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity, and
continues the cycle of generational poverty.

Even children who are afforded the opportunity to attend preschool face barriers to their success.
Teachers often perceive childrens behaviors differently based on race and disabilities. Biases against
Black children create negative behavioral expectations, and Black children are routinely excluded from
general education settings through the special education system. Students who have disabilities are less
likely to spend their day in general education settings, and more likely to be placed in segregated special
education classrooms. Children in the special education system are less likely to leave that system, and
minority students often graduate from high school with an alternative certificate as opposed to general
education diplomas.

Learning Together continues to combat systemic inequities that significantly contribute to the outcomes of
historically excluded, and educationally disadvantaged students, including those already facing biases
based on disabilities, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. As a resource hub, and an industry
leader in both early childhood education and Developmental Day Centers, our ultimate goal is for centers
across the state, and our profession to become more sustainable. The childcare sector needs increased
investments so that early learning programs across the state are there for all North Carolina children and
families now and in the future!

Learning Together strategically enrolls students based on disability, race, ethnicity, and socio-income
status to build a Super-Inclusive program. Our mission, vision, and values are built around addressing
disparities compounded by an overwhelmed system, with the belief that a societal investment in equity,
inclusion, and accessibility starts with education at one of the earliest points of intervention. Families
enroll in our program because our model builds skills and strengths around diversity, compassion, and
adaptability in working with differentiated learning styles.

In June 2022, Learning Together was awarded a 3-year grant from the John Rex Endowment to progress
our Racial Equity Capacity Building in the inaugural group of grantees. In part, funding has helped us to
explore how challenging behaviors are perceived based in implicit bias of a childs race and disabilities.
Studies have shown Black children are routinely excluded from general education settings through the
special education system, setting up a lifetime of educational trauma. Learning Together does not expel or
suspend any of our students. We are often the program that families come to after their children has been
forced out of other childcare centers not equipped to address their needs.

Over the past few years, we have purposefully engaged our staff and board in how we build inclusive
classrooms, professional development for teachers, and services to support underserved communities
beyond our classrooms. One of the outcomes has been pay equity for our teaching staff, ensuring our
professionals receive livable wages. Currently, 80% of our teaching staff identify as BILPOC, and being
cognizant of implicit biases that affect student-teacher relationships, we have invested in a workforce
reflective of the families we serve. Learning Together has raised salaries by an average 30% and are
proud to provide a robust benefits package that pays 100% of every employees insurance premium. We
have also increased the number of teacher workdays, and professional development opportunities to
enhance the academic and career success of our professionals.

Going beyond our centers walls, in 2023 we hired a Director of Family Advocacy to support families
through home visits, tailored community-based partner referrals for basic needs, heightened support to
navigate the education system, parent workshops, increased engagement opportunities, and more. By
increasing our impact on under-resources families, it furthers our positive impact in the community. This
position works with those enrolled, and families in need of support without requirement of an application.

As a leader in early childhood education and developmental day centers, we believe we have an obligation to learn and apply as much around racial equity as possible, influencing others to do the same. Since our founding in 1969, racial equity has been a cornerstone of our foundation.

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Learning Together, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randi Ligon

Apex Tool Group

Term: 2018 - 2024

Teri Riddle

NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Kim Mitchell

Smith Magnet Elementary School

Joseph Howison

Apex Tool Group

Megan Bell

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Amanda Clayton Pratt

WCPSS

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data