LOS ANGELES – An award-winning online learning program for young children, ABCmouse.com, has been made available, free of charge, at all Los Angeles Public libraries, making it the first major library system in the nation to offer this program at no cost. Los Angeles-based Age of Learning, Inc. offers ABCmouse.com for Libraries at no cost as part of the company’s Education Access Initiatives, which provide highly engaging and state-of-the-art education resources to children of all backgrounds, including youth in the Ninth District. Already more than 16,000 Los Angeles children have taken advantage of this free program, which research shows significantly improves early reading and math skills.
Additionally, Age of Learning makes this top rated educational program available at no cost to all public schools, preschools, Head Start programs, and community centers in South Los Angeles through ABCmouse.com for Schools.
"Time and time again we see the success public private partnerships can have in communities of need, and this is no exception. Through this program, Age of Learning and ABCmouse.com are helping to bring high quality education to the children of South Los Angeles in a way that keeps them engaged and excited to learn," said Councilman Curren Price.
"In our community, where so many families still struggle to find adequate early education options and where we still have a tremendous digital gap to fill, partnerships like these help to give our youngest residents the tools they need to be successful in school and beyond."
ABCmouse.com is designed to meet core learning objectives in reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. The program also assists school teachers, providing them with tools to develop individualized lesson plans that are designed to cater to students’ specific needs. Studies show that ABCmouse.com significantly accelerates learning of key academic skills, and more than 90% of surveyed teachers and parents report that children become significantly more excited about learning as a result of using ABCmouse.com.
"Age of Learning’s goal is to bring learning to life for every child, regardless of whether they have broadband or a computer or mobile device at home,” said Zachary Katz, Age of Learning’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. "As an L.A.-based company we’re particularly proud to serve children in our community, including in South Los Angeles, through ABCmouse.com for Libraries and ABCmouse.com for Schools.”
As City Librarian John Szabo oversees a library system serving more than 4 million people and during his tenure he has made it a priority to bring needed services and programs to public libraries by leveraging relationships with community organizations and private businesses, especially in underserved communities. The LAPL’s partnership with Age of Learning has allowed thousands of young children to access an interactive and educational tool that helps strengthen their academic abilities and develop life long literacy skills.
“We are so pleased to see so many young children enjoying ABCmouse.com at our local libraries, especially in communities like South Los Angeles where a digital divide can be a barrier to learning. This program will help develop a new generation of readers and loyal library patrons,” said City Librarian John Szabo.
To learn more about Age of Learning’s Education Access Initiatives, visit www.ageoflearning.com/initiatives.html.