10BH has innovated the first home visiting program model in the U.S. to use tutoring lessons to target the intrinsic learning motivations of a preschool child while including the parent and family. Our approach has resulted in high poverty preschoolers entering kindergarten at or above grade level in school systems where for decades upwards of 80% students are low-income and struggle academically.
By contrast, the traditional home visitation model targets the parent. This approach requires parents to implement what is taught to them in order for children to receive any benefit. 10BH removes one step by teaching children directly while still investing in parents by having them actively participate in the program.
10BH also innovates on the standard K-12 tutoring intervention model, which targets “below grade level” students with tutoring lessons designed to help them “catch up” to grade level. This approach seeks for low-income students to be at grade level (aka, proficient). By contrast, 10BH serves Pre-K Learners in order to “prevent” them from being behind when they enter kindergarten, and at the same time aims for its Learners to be “above grade level” in grade school.
The reality is that helping students in low-income school systems “catch up to grade level” requires massive resources, and in a real sense is a misallocation of resources. 10BH believes performing at grade level in low-income school systems falls short of what it takes to thrive in a growing and interconnected global economy.
A new standard for serving low-income communities is needed, one which aims to position children to be above grade level from the outset of their K-12 journey. 10BH is already painting a picture of how this should look and has positioned itself to continue being the organization that leads the way into a brighter and bolder future.
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For evidence of 10BH’s impact, visit: www.10bh.org/mission