Bring Learning Home is an initiative that helps at-risk children ages 2 through 8 prepare for and succeed in school by bringing effective early learning resources to families at no cost. In partnership with schools, libraries, and other community organizations in high-need communities, Bring Learning Home provides training, family outreach services, books, tablets, and access to ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy. The initiative is jointly supported by the Bring Learning Home Fund at Tides Foundation; Age of Learning, Inc., the developer of ABCmouse; community organizations; and various philanthropic funders.
Children from low-income families are significantly less likely to have access to quality educational resources, particularly at home, than their more affluent peers. This opportunity gap leads to major gaps in school readiness and achievement that can have devastating long-term consequences. The Bring Learning Home initiative was created to help close these gaps by expanding access to high-quality early education for families at home.
Through this initiative, families get free access for up to three children to all 9,000+ ABCmouse Learning Activities (hundreds available in Spanish and offline), assessment tools, and adaptive learning games. ABCmouse is a research-validated digital learning program for children ages 2–8+ that helps children and their families build on classroom instruction at home across key academic subject areas. The Bring Learning Home Initiative also provides training, reporting dashboards, physical books, and printed materials – ensuring facilitators and families have access to a range of learning tools in formats that meet their needs.
The primary goal of Bring Learning Home is to increase access to high-quality early learning resources for low-income and other at-risk children, with a particular focus on driving gains in early language, literacy, and math skills. We measure progress in achieving these goals through data on access to and usage of ABCmouse, as well as data on children’s academic gains.
Through our partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in the San Francisco Bay Area, thousands of children have used ABCmouse. These children have completed over 220,000 Learning Activities, averaging 15 Learning Activities per week. Assessment data shows that children using ABCmouse through this program are averaging 20% growth in literacy and math skills after one month.
In several large-scale research studies, including multiple randomized controlled trials and a peer-reviewed longitudinal study, regular use of ABCmouse has been shown to significantly improve school readiness and drive significant gains in early literacy and math skills. A recent study also found that ABCmouse helped prevent summer learning loss in reading for children. Students who regularly used ABCmouse for at least 70 minutes per week over the summer demonstrated literacy gains equivalent to one month of academic instruction!
“The Bring Learning Home initiative is a huge benefit for our families. Providing the tools parents need to help their child succeed in school is one of our priorities. Now families will have the opportunity to be more proactive in their child’s education by having access to this program from the comfort of their own home.”
City Librarian for the San José Public Library
“ABCmouse captivates a child’s attention in such a wonderful, marvelous way. It gives them the self-confidence to love school, to love learning. To see them make gains and defy the expectation with ABCmouse, it touches your heart and reminds you why you are a teacher.”
Kindergarten Teacher in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bring Learning Home Initiative Expands in the Bay Area, Increasing Access to Early Education for Low-Income Bay Area Families Through Public Libraries
July 31, 2018 - The Bring Learning Home Initiative is expanding its reach in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing families throughout the Bay Area with free home access to ABCmouse Early Learning Academy via public libraries. Local families can now “check out” ABCmouse accounts for four weeks at a time from the San José Public Library, San Mateo County Libraries, Contra Costa County Library, and 13 other library systems.
La iniciativa Bring Learning Home se extiende en el Área de San Francisco, amplificando recursos educativos para familias a través de las bibliotecas públicas
July 31, 2018 - La iniciativa Bring Learning Home amplía su alcance en el Área de San Francisco y brindará a las familias locales acceso gratuito en sus hogares a la Early Learning Academy de ABCmouse a través de las bibliotecas públicas. Las familias del área ahora pueden “tomar prestadas” cuentas de ABCmouse durante cuatro semanas en más de cien bibliotecas públicas, incluyendo los de San José, San Mateo, y Contra Costa.
November 30, 2017 - Three years ago we launched ABCmouse for Libraries, an Age of Learning Education Access Initiative that provides ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy to public libraries at no cost. Since then, public libraries across the country have enthusiastically embraced ABCmouse. We are excited to share that ABCmouse is now available in more than 7,000 libraries—close to 50% of all public library branches in the U.S.
Southern California Edison Funds Bring Learning Home Initiative for the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Enabling Families to “Check Out” ABCmouse for Use at Home
March 07, 2017 - We are pleased to announce that Southern California Edison (SCE) has invested in the Bring Learning Home initiative to provide local families with checkout access to ABCmouse through the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Bring Learning Home is a nationwide program that brings together public libraries, funders, and in-kind contributions from Age of Learning to make ABCmouse available to families who may not otherwise have access to high-quality learning resources in their homes.
Our vision is to help families in every community “Bring Learning Home.” To expand this initiative, we are seeking partners that share our passion for helping at-risk children succeed in school and in life.
For more information and media inquiries please email Contact@BringLearningHome.org.