The quality of children’s educational environments has a dramatic impact on their development. While the importance of many developmental factors, such as health, housing and parenting are widely recognized, the importance of a child’s educational environment is becoming more apparent. After parents and teachers, the physical environment is considered a child’s “third teacher.”
We know that:
- Poorly maintained schools communicate to children that they are not a priority and studies show these children have lower self-esteem, lower achievement and lower overall participation in school and community affairs.
- Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.
- Government spending on school maintenance has been cut in half from 2000-2008 averages and at least $270 billion are needed to modernize and maintain schools in the U.S.
Heart of America
Heart of America is stepping in to help with this growing and critical need. Over the past 20 years, Heart of America has provided high-quality resources and transformed spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. We have served more than two million students in need by distributing more than 4 million books and transforming nearly 400 school libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, college and career centers, tech labs, and many more educational spaces in high-need areas across the United States.
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