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CREDIT ABC Mouse for Schools.jpgABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive digital learning resource for preschool through 2nd grade. ABCmouse offers an expert-designed curriculum with more than 8,500 learning activities that encompass reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. Large-scale research studies have shown that ABCmouse helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. ABCmouse for Schools complements this curriculum with high-quality teacher support and implementation services including onboarding services, usage reports, and training for teachers and parents. Implementation support is focused on helping students meet the usage goals that have been found to deliver learning gains. ABCmouse for Schools also includes year-round home access to ABCmouse for all students, to strengthen the school-home connection. ABCmouse for Schools is launching new product features in time for back to school 2017-18. Students and families will be able to access ABCmouse learning activities offline through a series…

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Age of Learning Launches ABCmouse Assessment Center

New Resource Helps Families Evaluate School Readiness

Last week was an exciting one at Age of Learning focused on kindergarten readiness. First, we released an unprecedented, comprehensive analysis of Kindergarten Readiness standards across all 50 states. Then we announced the launch of another empowering Kindergarten Readiness resource that we are making available to families and caregivers.

Kinder_Results_Bar-Graph_1Based on the common standards identified in our Kindergarten Readiness Report, we have developed an in-depth Kindergarten Readiness assessment, which parents can use with the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum to help better prepare children for kindergarten. Available in a new ABCmouse Assessment Center, the easy-to-use Kindergarten Readiness assessment was developed with guidance from the leading education and assessment research organization SRI International, and from the independent research institution NORC at the University of Chicago.

Learn more about the ABCmouse Assessment Center on the Age of Learning blog.

 

Age of Learning Releases In-Depth Analysis of What It Means to Be Kindergarten Ready in All 50 States

[Infographic] Kindergarten Readiness Standards across all 50 US States

The mission of Age of Learning is to help children everywhere build a foundation for academic success. It was with that in mind that we originally created ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, which has become a trusted curriculum for millions of parents and more than 65,000 teachers.

To further support families and early childhood educators in preparing children for kindergarten, today we are releasing an unprecedented, comprehensive analysis of Kindergarten Readiness standards across all 50 states. The Report, available on the Age of Learning blog, reveals substantial common ground among state Kindergarten Readiness standards, with 15 specific skills that 85 percent or more of states would like to see children acquire before entering kindergarten.

ABCmouse Case Study: Using Early Learning Technology to Prepare Head Start Families for Kindergarten

I’m thrilled to announce on my blog that Age of Learning has published another powerful case study of the efficacy of our ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, the leading and most comprehensive digital learning resource for children ages 2–7.ABCmouse Early Learning Academy efficacy in Head Start program

Children with access to high-quality early education learning experiences have been shown to be better prepared for kindergarten and subsequently more successful in school. As part of our ongoing efforts to support such experiences for young children, Age of Learning partnered with the Albina Head Start program in Portland, Oregon, which provides educational services to hundreds of underserved families, to offer children free access to ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.

This case study shows that the more ABCmouse was used in Head Start classrooms during the school year, the better prepared those students were for kindergarten. Teachers also found that ABCmouse helped engage families and fostered a meaningful classroom-to-home connection.

Read the ABCmouse case study…

Age of Learning Joins White House ConnectHome Initiative to Bridge the Digital Divide

President Obama delivered remarks about the ConnectHome initiative and the positive impact it will make in communities nationwide, including Durant, OK., where a special event was held on July 15, 2015.

President Obama delivered remarks about the ConnectHome initiative and the positive impact it will make in communities nationwide, including Durant, OK., where a special event was held on July 15, 2015.

On Wednesday, Age of Learning announced that we would make our award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum available free to tens of thousands of low-income families as part of ConnectHome, a new White House initiative that brings together communities, the private sector, and federal agencies to increase access to digital learning and information resources to families across the country. In support of the White House announcement, Age of Learning participated in a special event at Durant High School in Durant, OK—part of the Choctaw Tribal Nation, one of the 28 communities being served by the initiative—where President Obama shared remarks about ConnectHome. Read more on the AgeofLearning.com blog

ABCmouse Early Learning Academy App Named Winner of Tabby Awards and Users’ Choice

ABCmouse wins Tabby Awards, best tablet app

ABCmouse Early Learning Academy app wins Tabby Awards

Today, the Tabby Awards, which is the only global competition for the best tablet apps and games, published the 2015 Tabby Awards Winners and Users’ Choice winners. Age of Learning’s ABCmouse Early Learning Academy app was a double winner in the Kids, Family & Entertainment category.

In a first judging round, an international panel of app experts, chaired by Otto Toth, Chief Technology Officer of The Huffington Post, short-listed nominees among over 200 tablet-optimized apps from 16 countries. Then the independent panel selected Tabby Awards winners in a final judging round.

For the users’ choice awards, app users from around the world were invited to vote for their favorite apps among nominees at TabbyAwards.com. Over 100,000 votes were cast for the Tabby Awards Users’ Choice.

This double awards process, including both mobile professionals and everyday app users, provides a comprehensive view of the best tablet-optimized apps, such as our ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.

The judges called our app, a “great kids product,” with “lots of educational content and easy to use and learn.”

New ABCmouse for Libraries Available on Tablets, Adds 1st Grade Curriculum and Enhanced Features

Leading Online Early Education Resource Now Used in Nearly 4,000 Library Branches; Available to All Public Libraries for Free

Today, at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Age of Learning, Inc. announced a major expansion to ABCmouse for Libraries™, which gives children visiting public libraries free access to ABCmouse Early Learning Academy—the leading and most comprehensive online early learning resource. The enhanced product now includes support for iPad and Android tablets, an all-new 1st grade curriculum that will include thousands of new learning activities, and added tools to improve librarians’ and patrons’ experience using ABCmouse. The already popular ABCmouse for Libraries will now help more young children learn, and better strengthen the library-school-home connection.

The multi-award-winning curriculum and safe, COPPA-compliant, 100% educational environment offered by ABCmouse for Libraries helps young children build a strong foundation for future academic success. Large-scale research studies assessing the effectiveness of ABCmouse have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in math and literacy.

ABCmouse for Libraries was launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Just one year later, the early learning curriculum is being used in nearly 4,000 libraries, including six of the seven largest public library systems in the country: Los Angeles Public Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Borough Public Library, and Miami-Dade Public Library System.

“Since the launch of ABCmouse for Libraries last summer, thousands of branches across the country have enabled hundreds of thousands of children to complete high-quality early learning activities at their local public library,” said Zachary Katz, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Age of Learning. “As libraries increasingly make mobile devices available to patrons, Age of Learning is excited to expand ABCmouse for Libraries by making our ABCmouse app—the leading children’s learning app for iPads and Android tablets—free for in-library use.”

For the millions of families without broadband Internet at home, the local public library may be the only place they can access online learning resources. According to ALA data, there are more than 1.5 billion in-person public library visits and 300 million sessions on Internet-connected computers at U.S. public libraries annually. The new ABCmouse for Libraries will provide added benefits to this population:

  • The ability to use ABCmouse on library-supplied iPad and Android tablets within the library, in addition to library desktop computers and families’ own tablets and laptops.
  • A comprehensive standards-aligned supplementary 1st grade curriculum, with thousands of learning activities, including books, instructional animations, games, songs, puzzles, and more.
  • An enhanced library user experience for easier access to the most popular ABCmouse learning activities.
  • New tools offering more robust, anonymous usage data to give librarians insights into daily and weekly usage, including the number of users, time spent, activities completed, and books read.
  • Free Library Starter Kits for branches to generate awareness and increase usage of ABCmouse for Libraries.

Age of Learning Science Advisor and award-winning science author Steve Tomecek will be demonstrating the new ABCmouse for Libraries product at the Age of Learning booth, #3725, at the ALA Conference this weekend.

ABCmouse for Libraries makes it quick and easy for all public librarians to create a free account at www.ABCmouse.com/libraries. Children can then use the site with a guest account, or parents can create personal accounts at the library to allow their children to customize their experiences and save their progress on ABCmouse.