10BH’s mission is to support high poverty families in nurturing their preschooler’s intrinsic learning motivations so they enter kindergarten positioned to be and remain above grade level. Since 2012, our Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program has been preparing preschoolers for kindergarten in the high poverty communities of East Palo Alto, CA and East Menlo Park.
Our program offers the first free preschooler home tutoring program that sends a “teacher” (aka volunteer Role Model) to the child’s home for two years to provide the child with 1:1 tutoring lessons that are customized around the child’s interests. Additionally, we give each child a home library with more than 50 books and a bookcase. To qualify for admissions the parent agrees to participate in lessons and complete reading and homework with their child between lessons. As families progress through the program and parents develop an appreciation and understanding of how to be their child’s teacher in the living room, they readily modify their behaviors and homes to provide learning opportunities at every turn.
While most education reform aimed at closing the Achievement Gap focuses on school-based targets (e.g. test scores, reading intervention programs, teacher performance, longer school hours, afterschool programming, learning standards, etc.), 10BH is with children, parents, and families getting them excited and prepared to support kindergarten from the living room. 10BH is transforming the very space reformers and schools have the least success in touching, yet readily admit may be the single greatest force driving a child’s educational and life outcomes: the home environment.
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The most alarming educational disparity today exists for children living in High Poverty Communities. These children attend school in communities where 70-100% of students come from low-income homes and students fail at higher rates than any other student group in the country. Far from improving, the percentage of students living in High Poverty Communities rose from 12% to 20% between 2000 and 2010. This is a national epidemic that by virtue of birthplace positions some 800,000 children a year to enter kindergarten already behind and likely to fail.
Nearly 500 children a year begin kindergarten in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood School District (a High Poverty Community). By the end of 2016, we will admit 30% of children scheduled to start kindergarten in Ravenswood every year. We intend to close the Achievement Gap in High Poverty Communities throughout the U.S. by readying high percentages of children and homes (the community) to be excited about school and support it from home.
Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program
10BH’s Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program is a year-round, 2 year program that aims to create a flexible and sustainable child-parent learning unit in the home, with the target preschool-aged child receiving the primary intervention through one-on-one tutoring lessons designed to nurture intrinsic learning motivations, the parent (and siblings) deriving benefit as a result of participating in every lesson, and the family transforming by replicating learning and reading between lessons.
Lessons are conducted weekly by trained volunteers whose sole curricular focus is to on capitalize on the interests of the child. Through a variety of playful learning activities and reading the volunteer engages the child in learning around his/her own interests. By fostering the child’s intrinsic interests, the desire to pursue learning is motivated. By including the parent in this experience on a weekly basis, the parent learns how to recognize and foster their child’s unique learning interests. Learning outside of lesson time is fostered through required weekly reading and homework, and by the child’s increasing tendency to engage in learning activities. Over the two years the family develops both the habit and skills for supporting learning within their own unique home environment.
When children graduate the program they receive a School-Readiness Degree. Each year after graduating until completing high school, 10BH tracks the academic achievement of alum by collecting report cards.
Our goals are straightforward and our results promising:
Our Learners’ academic readiness for kindergarten hinges the amount of time they and their parents spend engaged in learning activities.
To the left is a table that shows the number of learning hours a child and parent accrues by program completion.
To measure the ultimate success of our program (whether we are closing the Achievement Gap) 10BH measures how former Learners perform academically in K-12. In order to measure this educational outcome, 10BH collects report cards annually. Pictured to the left are results from the 2013-14 school year. 10BH’s first cohort of Learners academically outperformed their peers at the end of kindergarten (one year after completing 10BH).
Read our 2013 Annual Report to learn more about our program outcomes!