Why It Matters
We believe wholeheartedly that education is the catalyst that can change lives, and the world we live in, for the better. Students only spend 20% of their waking hours in a traditional classroom, so what happens during the 80% of time spent outside of the classroom is crucial to their academic, social and emotional growth and success.
- From 3-6pm, there are over 100,000 students in Dallas County between the ages of 5-14 left home alone without adult supervision or support.
- Dallas has the highest childhood poverty rate of any city over 1 million people.
- By the time students reach the 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty.
As a result, substantial opportunity gaps exist that can’t be closed through traditional school hours alone. These gaps reinforce the cycle of poverty; the further behind our students become today, the more restricted they, and our community, will be in the future. Quality afterschool and summer programs will strengthen our city and break cycles of poverty by closing opportunity and achievement gaps, giving children and our entire community a stronger foundation for future success.
The 6000 Hour Gap