The Numbers Speak for Themselves
Research at Johns Hopkins University has shown that more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income children can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. When students attend Whole Again’s Summer Food Enrichment Program, they receive the physical, mental and emotional nourishment needed to prevent the summer learning loss that blocks the college preparatory path.
The educational instruction provided in the Summer Food Enrichment Program helps combat learning losses in math computation and spelling that are common for all students. Such instruction also focuses on reading—an academic area where summer learning loss disproportionately affects lower-income children, according to Duke University researchers.
Program evaluations conducted by J.E. Williams and Associates, LLC revealed that many students who attended the Summer Food and Enrichment Program scored between 7%-10% higher (male) and 9%-13% higher (female) on standardized math and reading tests administered at the end of the program, as compared with results on the same tests administered at the beginning of the program.
With assistance from local education initiatives and community consultants, Whole Again is currently enhancing its’ ability to analyze the impact of the Summer Food Enrichment Program through new partnerships in the education field. To learn more about how you can help, please contact us.
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