House’s innovative afterschool program is the only
daily program for school-age children in a
neighborhood known for its high crime, high
unemployment, and lack of affordable, quality care
for children. At Heart House, children have access
to caring adult mentors, homework assistance, art
enrichment, computer learning, health and safety
education, and literacy programs.
- Children like Angela, a
previously low-performing student whose single mother works during the time Angela attends Heart House. Since attending Heart House, Angela’s academic improvement has risen, and she now enjoys reading just for pleasure.
- Children like Malcom, who faces peer pressure and gang activity every day after school. As a result of attending Heart House for a year, Malcom’s grades have improved and he has stayed out of trouble at school.
House keeps kids safe and on track.
of Heart House children were victims of
violent crime or engaged in juvenile
were well-supervised: The average daily adult
to child ratio was 1 adult to every 5 children.
House improves kids’ behavior at school and at
report 72% of Heart House children have shown an
improvement in behavior with adults and other
children at school.
of Heart House parents report that they have seen their child
exhibit positive and productive interactions at
home since attending Heart House.
House improves kids’ achievement at school.
of parents believe their children are doing better
academically because Heart House offers homework
hour and reading time every day.
agree, and report that 78% of Heart House children
have shown an improvement in quality and frequency
of homework turned in.
also report that 80% of Heart House children
have improved their reading and math skills.
of Heart House children improved their reading
level by at least one level or improved their TAKS
99.7% of Heart House children were promoted to
the next grade.
Over the course of the year, 97% of Heart House
children showed an improvement of grades.
(90% of Heart House children maintained an A or
House helps working families.
the work day grows longer for working parents,
the school day has not. The gap is as much as
25 hours per week for some families.
nationally shows that 87% of working mothers
say the hours after school are when they are
most concerned about their children's safety.
need for afterschool care in Austin
70% of school-age youth in low-income Travis
zip codes do not have access to afterschool
a wise social investment,
while unrealized potential of youth costs the
year's class of dropouts will cost the country
more than $200 billion during their lifetimes
in lost earnings and unrealized tax revenue.
- American business currently spends more than $60 billion each year on training, much of that on remedial reading, writing, and mathematics
- Every dollar invested in afterschool programs will save taxpayers approximately $3, according to a study by the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College