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Mission & Vision

Learn to Earn Dayton is dedicated to fostering the success of all Montgomery County children from birth until they graduate from college or earn a high quality credential. Our community wants all young people to have a career that allows them to earn a living wage.

Our focuses include:


  • Promoting equity in all of our community’s initiatives and institutions that serve children and families 


  • Increasing early literacy and improving health outcomes, particularly for our County’s African-American babies 


  • Increasing access to evidence-based home visiting and early interventions for our highest-need infants and toddlers


  • Expanding access to high quality infant and toddler child care


  • Guaranteeing every child the opportunity to attend at least 1 year of high quality Preschool


  • Fostering equitable educational policies and practices by embedding Equity Fellows in Preschools and K-12 schools


  • Promoting all students' attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism

  • Expanding quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities

  • Ensuring every child is reading well in 3rd grade


  • Expanding high-school internship opportunities and career pathways

  • Ensuring every high-school graduate has a plan to attend college or earn a credential after graduating from high school

  • Driving up FAFSA completion


Our approach is:

  • Create and leverage partnerships

  • Promote best practices

  • Foster equity by targeting sub-populations of children

  • Gather data to drive good decisions


for Montgomery County

By 2025

of working-age adults will have a 2-year or 4-year college degree or a high-quality credential.



Learn to Earn Dayton is proud to be part of StriveTogether, a national network of nearly 70 communities that use a rigorous approach to get better results for kids.


We've received generous funding from the Lumina Foundation, which is spurring A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education.

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