Reading, Relationships, & Racial Equity
The Pittsburgh Study | The Early Elementary Cohort
We aim to develop an intervention for K-3rd graders that incorporates Reading, Relationships, & Racial Equity to ultimately improve children’s 3rd grade reading scores. This will be part of the overall Pittsburgh Study, which aims to help children and youth thrive throughout development
The Pittsburgh study is a community-partnered intervention study, and will observe children in Allegheny County from birth through high school, in order to develop programs and systems that parents, teachers, and service providers can use to improve children’s lives – in Pittsburgh and beyond. The study will identify strengths in children, families, schools, and neighborhoods by partnering with communities and community organizations. With a history of cutting-edge research and a fast-growing technology sector, Pittsburgh is the ideal location for a study to transform children’s health.
Within the Pittsburgh Study are smaller cohort studies that focus on a developmentally appropriate indicator of thriving. The goal of the Early Elementary Cohort is to align with the larger study’s aim, with a particular developmental focus on raising third grade reading scores. This study will work with Pre-Kindergarteners-3rd graders in local public elementary schools. As part of the Reading, Relationships, & Racial Equity intervention, schoolwide enhancement of the classroom climate and instructional strategies will engage all adults in PreK-3rd graders’ learning.