Serious behavior problems are often found in children who are struggling academically and socially. They begin to experience failure, and with it a potentially devastating cascade of related negative effects on their development. A study conducted by Texas A & M concluded that "the greatest predictor of future involvement in the criminal justice system is a history of having been disciplined in school."
- Statistics show that the road to prison begins as early as kindergarten.
- Studies show a causal relationship between reading difficulties and serious behavior problems.
- High school graduation and later incarceration can be predicted as early as the 3rd grade based upon a child's reading ability.
A child’s ability to succeed in
the classroom depends on his or her healthy development.
Building relationships with kids while working with schools in early
intervention efforts such as, Literacy (K – 3), Abstinence (5 – 8) Life Skills
and Positive Action (1 – 5) and Steps 2 Success (4 – 7), Making It Better
endeavors to stop the "School
to Prison Pipeline."