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The Learning Gap

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

By 6th grade, kids born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap compared with their middle-class peers.

This is in small part due to less time in the classroom (during the Pre-K years). But the bulk of those hours comes from a lack of access to enriched learning that happens beyond the traditional school day. After all, kids spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school.*

The 6,000-Hour Learning Gap

The learning gap is growing.

Over the past 40 years, high-income parents increased their spending on kids’ enrichment activities tenfold when compared to parents in low-income communities. Art, music and sports all contribute to higher achievement. Children born into poverty get the least exposure to these opportunities and are too likely to enter adulthood unprepared for college or careers.

When young people lack opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential, we all lose.

Click here to learn more about the 6,000-hour learning gap, or watch the video to the right.


*Based on calculations of a 6-hour school day, 180-day school year.