“These kids – their brains can’t get enough of it,” says Lurine, the head coordinator of children and teen services for all of the city’s library branches. “The learning never ends, and the good thing is, the children don’t even want it to.”
Lurine was taking part in a United Way training, alongside other librarians, on how to use the software.
Thanks to a partnership with United Way and a $650,000 investment made by our partners at General Motors, all Detroit Public Libraries will now offer ABCmouse’s award-winning software to families as part of our Education work to increase childhood literacy rates.
According to M-STEP, Michigan’s standardized test designed to gauge how students are mastering state standards, only 44 percent of Michigan third-graders are reading at grade level. In Detroit, that number is 15 percent.
ABCmouse is just one of United Way’s strategies to turn these numbers around. GM has donated $1.4 million to help us launch a series of programs.
Families can use the software directly at the library or check out a tablet with the ABCmouse app just like a library book. All patrons need is a valid library card.
“I’ve seen a lot of children who have trouble being engaged because they feel like they’re dumb,” Lurine says. “Many kids fear competition, but with ABCmouse you’re only in competition with yourself.”
Our partner, Brilliant Detroit, also attended the training, and will offer ABCmouse to families it serves. Soon, we’ll also work with child care providers in our Summer Spark programs to help more Detroit families access the more than 9,000 lessons and games offered in math, science, social studies and reading. Children can independently learn and challenge themselves, and parents can even play along.
“Investing in software like this is important because it allows children to go beyond what they’re learning in school,” says Lurine.
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