Who We Are
10BH is a 501(c)(3) early education nonprofit located in East Palo Alto, CA. 10BH is committed to raising student achievement in the Ravenswood School District1 by ensuring:
- Preschool-aged children develop a deep motivation to learn independently and with adults
- Children enter kindergarten with well-developed school-readiness skills
- Parents engage their children with educational opportunities such as, family reading, dynamic conversations, and other learning activities
10BH offers a free parent participation home tutoring program that serves children from the age of three until the year they begin kindergarten. By program completion, families are ready to succeed in grade school.
1 The K-8 Ravenswood School District is located within East Palo Alto, CA and serves families living in EPA as well as its neighboring community, East Menlo Park (10BH serves EMP, too). The district has underperformed academically for more than 15 years. Currently, 95% of students come from low-income minority homes, approximately 60% of children begin kindergarten unprepared, 70% of 3rd grade students read below grade level, and 60% of students from the district dropout of high school.
Early childhood education is at the forefront of education reform today, especially in under resourced communities. Many studies have shown that, “poverty places children at risk for delays in language development, learning, school readiness, and academic achievement.
“Already by 3 years of age, children living in low-income households have smaller vocabularies and delayed language skills when compared to their more advantaged peers."
Early differences effect children’s later language growth, cognitive development, school readiness, and academic achievement.
Home programming that centers on the child and parent during the preschool years may be the most cost-effective and creative way to prevent the achievement gap and break the cycle of poverty.
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Denton, K., & West, J. (2002). Children’s reading and mathematics achievement in kindergarten and first grade. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.
Hart, B., & Risley, T. (1995). Meaningful differences in the everyday experiences of young American children. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.