There's a 6,000-hour education gap by sixth grade.
Over 75% of afterschool funding comes from parents, resulting in a 6,000 hour education gap by 6th grade between low-income students and their middle income peers (ExpandED Schools).
Out-of-school programs and resources improve both social-emotional and academic measures.
Students regularly participating in afterschool programs improve work habits, demonstrate higher levels of persistence, and skip less school (Vandell et al., 2007). They also experience increases in academic performance and improve the likelihood of graduating from high school (Afterschool Alliance, 2013). Additionally, the math achievement gap between low‐ and high‐income students narrows when low‐income students attend afterschool programs (Auger et al., 2013).
Early math skills are the best predictor of later academic success.
Math skills upon entering kindergarten are the best predictor of 8th grade performance regardless of race, gender, or SES; children who consistently struggle with math are less likely to receive a high school diploma or attend college (Duncan et al., 2007).
Children cannot be what they do not see.
Students imagine scientists to be white, middle‐class, male, and “brainy”–which is, for many, not who they see when they look in the mirror (ASPIRES Project, 2014). Exposure to science not only changes a child’s understanding of his/her identity, but impacts learning and career trajectory (Dabney et al., 2011).
Three out of ten Americans consider themselves bad at math.
Over half of 18- to 34-year olds regularly say they cannot do math. Overdeck Family Foundation funded research that showed that parents’ perception of their children’s math abilities can become more positive, which in turn improves children’s math performance by as much as three months (Schaeffer et al., 2018).
Summer programming to nurture students' interest in STEM and innovation.
Activating the power of collaboration between teachers, students, and families.
Learn Fresh - NBA Math Hoops
Strengthening students' STEM skills through interactive games.
Advocating for increased access to high-quality afterschool opportunities for students nationwide.
The Family Math Initiative
Working with families to increase children’s early math fluency and confidence.
Increase Summer and Afterschool Opportunities
Increase access to high-quality out-of-school STEM experiences by scaling cost-effective, evidence-based programs that span summer and afterschool time.
Expand Family STEM
Increase availability of family STEM opportunities and environments, funding organizations that support families in playing a deeper role in their children’s STEM learning and identity.
Improve Program Quality
Improve program quality and support of afterschool STEM through validation, field building, knowledge generation, and advocacy efforts.
How do engaging out-of-school STEM learning experiences influence children’s social-emotional development and science and math achievement?
What is the impact of a deeper home-school connection on children’s science achievement, math achievement, STEM identity, and self-efficacy?
What are the most impactful ways to help parents place as much early emphasis on math skills as they do on reading?