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Sep 16, 2019

A solution to the early childhood education crisis

Hands on Parenting
Hands on Parenting

 

When I got married and had a child my son's mother took the course and together we implemented much of what we learned coupled with my knowledge of how Rolfing and massage could improve the neuromuscular development of babies. we implemented the techniques with our son. 

 

By the time Bray was one he could count to 100 in English and Spanish, he could read over 1,000 flashcards words and could identify hundreds of flashcards of President, primates, great art masterpieces, and much more. 

By the time he was around 2 1/2, he mastered turning on a computer and playing learning programs like reader rabbit, math rabbit, learning express and many more. 

 

He had a dedicated computer in every one of his classrooms from preschool through 8th grade. 

 

Despite the fact that I am not a college graduate and his mother passed away when he was 10 graduated 2nd in his class from high school. He was one of the first 400 kids accepted into Georgetown early acceptance. At George town, besides being in a Fraternity and being in the PEP Band (quite well rounded) he made great grades. Since he majored in English and turned himself into a news writer/editor.

 

After Georgetown, he worked for a number of years for EDWEEK and national education publication. While there he created a blog sports in education. At one point he took on writing about concussions in sports. Hw wrote so many articles that EDWEEK turned it into an ebook and it is still available. Google Bryan Toporek Sports in Education concussions. 

Now he is a senior copy editor for a major sports web site. 

 

But it gets better. A number of years ago I was able to get that program into a Preschool program of a major Hispanic Charter school. Over 30 teachers were able to take the course at the institutes and began implementing the program in their classrooms. 

 

Then I discovered a program developed by KL Wong in China that makes the fundamentals of early learning available online and we have distributed thousands of copies of the program on our lowcost refurbished computers we have distributed

 

OUR NEW CHALLENGE IS TO RAISE $250,000 to fully fund, staff and expand our efforts. 

YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE.

Our Volunteers make the difference
Our Volunteers make the difference
The First kid we gave a computer
The First kid we gave a computer
Kids with their flash cards
Kids with their flash cards
Jun 17, 2019

Stopping the summer brain drain

 

 

According to much research, the summer brain drain is real and potentially damaging to our nations academic, economic, and social future 

 

https://www.idtech.com/blog/summer-slide-facts-for-productive-school-break

 

To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al. 2004)
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, more than other income groups
  • (Cooper, 1996)
  • Summer learning loss is NOT correlated to race, IQ or gender (Cooper, 1996)
  • About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years (Alexander et al. 2007)

Summer Learning Loss Impacts Every Student and Teacher Every Year

https://www.summerlearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SummerByTheNumbers-1.pdf

 

At TeamChildren we are hard at work distributing low cost refurbished laptops and desktops to families, schools and organizations throughout our region.

Over the past 23+
 years with minimal funding and mostly all-volunteer staff we have distributed close to 18,000 low costs refurbished computers reaching over 85,000 kids 

We are now expanding our effort to reach veterans/first responders and their children and grandchildren

your contribution has and will continue to  make a difference

 

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Mar 22, 2019

Every Child Reading by two

TeamChildren Volunteers
TeamChildren Volunteers

In Philadelphia alone, over 60% of first graders are not able to read proficiently in the 4th grade.

Throughout our state and across the country half of our kids in elementary school can not read proficiently. I heard recently a politician talking about how great Colorado was then we looked on www.greatschools.org and found that 75% of elementary kids in Dever alone are not proficiently in Math or reading.

This problem begins at home and can end there.

www.kahnacademy.org

www.brillbaby.com

www.factmonster.com

www.handsonparenting.org 

 

These four web sites are a way for parents to go online and find invaluable early learning programs for their kids. 

The challenge is then the digital divide. how many of these parents do not have computers at home. Why is this not a national crisis? 

Your contribution will help us deepen and expand our impact. 

We have now distributed over 18,000 low cost - high quality refurbished computers to families, schools and organizations. We are impacting the academic, economic, social and physical future of over 80,000 kids.  

Here are some statistics 

Elementary and Secondary Education

Enrollment

In fall 2018, about 56.6 million students will attend elementary and secondary schools, including 50.7 million students in public schools and 5.9 million in private schools. Of the public school students, 35.6 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 15.1 million will be in grades 9 through 12. The fall 2018 public school enrollment is expected to be slightly higher than the 50.6 million enrolled in fall 2017 and is higher than the 49.5 million students enrolled in fall 2010 (source). Total public elementary and secondary enrollment is projected to increase between fall 2018 and fall 2027 to 52.1 million.

 

Of the projected 50.7 million public school students entering prekindergarten through grade 12 in fall 2018, White students will account for 24.1 million. The remaining 26.6 million will be composed of 7.8 million Black students, 14.0 million Hispanic students, 2.6 million Asian students, 0.2 million Pacific Islander students, 0.5 million American Indian/Alaska Native students, and 1.6 million students of Two or more races. The percentage of students enrolled in public schools who are White is projected to continue to decline through at least fall 2027 along with the percentage of students who are Black, while the percentage of students who are Hispanic Asian, and of Two or more races are projected to increase (source).

In fall 2018, about 1.4 million children are expected to attend public prekindergarten and 3.6 million are expected to attend public kindergarten (source).

 
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