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The importance of making sure a child's home is an effective learning environment cannot be understated. School budgets are being slashed, teachers are losing their jobs, early childhood programs are being privatized, and more and more families are experiencing the devastating effects of poverty. In addition, the Common Core Standards raise the bar on student achievement, but do not address the ravaging effects of poverty on the brains and development of our youth or on the already expanding "Achievement Gap."
According to Edweek.org, "the 'achievement gap' in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. The achievement gap shows up in grades, standardized-test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates, among other success measures. It is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and Hispanic students, at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers, and the similar academic disparity between students from low-income families and those who are better off."
But what if this could be prevented?
Giving babies and toddlers early-childhood experiences which they need in order to function in today's rapidly changing global environment is essential for their health and the economic health of our region. TeamChildren's efforts are vital for bringing forth a true 21st -century early learning experience to every child, closing the Digital Divide and ending the Achievement Gap. Wealthier parents will give their children the developmental opportunities they need, but it is well documented that low income children will start school with several significant deficits. TeamChildren provides the opportunity for economically challenged parents in our region to be able to give their children a true head start.
So, what is TeamChildren doing?
The high quality, low cost refurbished computers TeamChildren distributes comes fully loaded and ready to be plugged in. Each computer has over $500 worth of learning softwaredonated by www.Brillkids.com and www.AWELearning.net. This software alone has the ability to transform any child's cognitive development.Each computer also has Windows 7, internet accessibility, antivirus software, and Open Office software installed so the computer recipient not only has the whole world of the Internet at their fingertips, but also word processors, spreadsheet makers, presentation builders, data analysis, and much more.
No more waiting for public schools to teach children what they want to learn! The Achievement Gap is a real issue; children growing up in poverty are not measuring up to their peers academically. Owning a computer from TeamChildren puts the responsibility of learning in the hands of its owner, meaning a child can learn at his/her own interest and own pace. By the time a baby is one year old, he or she can be reading hundreds of words in multiple languages, counting to the thousands, and experiencing art, music, and science.
Kids only dreaming of owning computers are now getting an early start on learning, doing their homework on time, researching, studying, surfing the internet, emailing, applying for college acceptance and scholarships, finding jobs, and moving forward. If you want to help children in need achieve their dreams, please contribute today!