ExpandED Schools works to ensure that all kids, from every zip code, have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. So we give kids more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with the arts, STEM, sports and character-building activities. These are the supports and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, confident and successful adults. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than four dollars in private and public spending for every dollar of our founding grant. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – seeking to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. We develop scalable and sustainable models that provide more learning time. We:
EXPAND the school day: Adding 2.5 hours each day; closing the learning gap by 450 hours/school year.
ENGAGE the community: Bringing additional role models – tutors, coaches, college students and teaching artists – into the classroom.
ENHANCE the learning: Balancing the curriculum with the arts, sports, STEM and character-building enrichments.