LEXINGTON, Mass., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Springboard, a leading provider of extended day learning programs for children at elementary and middle schools across the country, has become a B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good.™ They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The unifying goal of all B Corporations is to redefine success in business.
As a mission-driven company, Springboard is particularly committed to bridging the achievement gap for all students by serving the needs of students in all communities. With a focus on experiential learning of academic skills, Springboard utilizes research-based programming to reinforce classroom learning with compelling activities that also target social and emotional development, physical well-being, and foster teamwork. Strong programmatic and management capabilities allow Springboard to successfully deliver programming at schools with high numbers of low income and immigrant families. Springboard is proud of the contribution its programs make to support communities and address student achievement gaps in elementary and middle schools.
A central part of Springboard's mission is to address the significant and growing educational achievement gap between upper income and lower income students. They became a B Corporation to become something bigger than themselves as they expand their use publicly-funded vouchers to reach more low-to-moderate income students and provide them with extended learning opportunities. B Corporation standards are aligned with Springboard's commitment to positive social impact, as well as the goals of their customers – superintendents and principals as well as students and their families.
Joseph Olchefske, CEO Springboard Education, states that, "One overlooked driver of the widening 'achievement gap' between upper income and lower income students is the difference in their afterschool experiences. Limited access to high-quality programs and tighter school budgets mean that lower-income students face a daunting 'Activity Gap'. This 'Activity Gap' is a serious issue for our country since research clearly points to the developmental advantages that students receive by participating in high quality after-school activities. Ultimately, the "Activity Gap" must be addressed to ensure that all students - regardless of family income."
To learn more about Springboard Education in America visit, www.springboardkids.com or call customer care at 800.341.3177.
More about Springboard: Headquartered in Lexington, MA, Springboard's before-school, after-school and summer programs are led by experienced educators at over 80 schools in 11 states. Springboard continuously strives to deliver exciting, motivating and fun activities for children that extend their learning into the out-of-school environment.
More about B Corporation: B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. As of January 2017, there are over 2,000 Certified B Corporations from more than 130 industries in 50 countries. www.bcorporation.net
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