There’s an enormous education achievement gap in students from low-income communities and their middle-and-upper class peers that has lifelong, negative ramifications for children growing up in poverty. For many of these kids, they fall behind in key reading and math indicators before they even enter kindergarten, and by the 4th grade a vast majority of kids from low-income communities, particularly minority students, are performing below the state and national averages for reading and math.
Eat. Learn. Play. works to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive an excellent K-12 public education and have the resources and support needed to complete college or move into immediate career opportunities. A majority of our work focuses on programs that keep students on paths to achieve a college degree because national research demonstrates that this is the most powerful way for low-income and first-generation students to achieve upward social mobility.