Age of Learning Expanding Opportunity Through Our Education Access Initiatives

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Our mission at Age of Learning is simple: helping children everywhere build a strong foundation for academic success and foster a lifelong love of learning. And we measure progress by our ability to increase learning outcomes for all children, particularly those who are furthest from opportunity.

Children from low-income families begin to fall behind their peers in vocabulary development before they’re even two years old. By the time they reach fourth grade, 80 percent of these children are not proficient readers (Source: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading). This learning deficit has long-term effects on children’s academic future, including their likelihood of graduating from high school.

To help address this challenge, Age of Learning has developed a set of Education Access Initiatives to make our educational programs available for free to children whose families may not be able to afford a subscription.

Learn more about the progress of these initiatives here on the Age of Learning blog.

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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.

School Library Month

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of School Library Month (#SLM) throughout April.

During School Library Month, all school librarians are urged to develop library-related activities to help their school and community understand how strong school library programs can transforming learning in many positive ways. The AASL is also encourage you to share your best photos and videos about your school library.

ABCmouse.com for Schools and School LibrariesMy company, Age of Learning, is a proud supporter of schools and school libraries. One of our Education Access Initiatives,  ABCmouse.com for Schools, is 100% free to use in both classrooms and school libraries.

School librarians or teachers can click here to sign up for ABCmouse.com for free.