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  • 6-Month Boost

    By replacing reading losses with equivalent gains, Springboard generates an annual 6-month reading boost.


    Families attend weekly workshops that equip them with effective strategies to teach reading at home.

  • 3,136 STUDENTS

    Since launch, Springboard scaled up from a 42-student pilot to a 3,136-student implementation.

  • 99% LOW INCOME

    We go where the need is. 99% of our students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

  • 40 Sites

    In 2016, we served students at 40 Summer and Afterschool sites across Philadelphia, Oakland, and DC.

In low-income communities, educational pathways are broken. Our system focuses exclusively on the interaction between teachers and students, treating parents as liabilities rather than assets. Low-income students lack continuous access to learning at home and school, resulting in slow progress during the school year and chronic regressions over the summer. Research finds that two-thirds of the achievement gap among high school students is attributable to summer learning loss in elementary school. More →

Springboard Collaborative closes the reading achievement gap by coaching teachers, training family members, and incentivizing learning so that our scholars have the requisite skills to access life opportunities. Our primary offering is an intensive, five-week summer program that combines daily reading instruction for Pre-K through 3rd graders, weekly workshops training parents to teach reading at home, and an incentive structure that awards educational resources to families in proportion to student reading gains. More →

Last summer, our 1,200 scholars replaced a 3-month reading loss with a 3.4-month reading gain, lifting their literacy trajectories by more than 6 months. Weekly parent training workshops averaged 91% attendance, defying expectations and setting records in every school. A longitudinal analysis found that a single Springboard Summer intervention nearly tripled students’ annual reading progress. By training parents and teachers to collaborate, Springboard puts kids on a trajectory that closes the reading achievement gap by 4th grade. More →


“What motivated me to attend the workshops? The realization that my kids’ education depends largely on the partnership between myself, my wife, and the teacher. It takes a village.” Spend 2 minutes listening to a father share his family’s story.


Children spend 75% of their waking hours outside of the classroom, yet our nation does shockingly little to capture educational value from this time for low-income kids. Learn more about the problem.


Affirm your belief that all children deserve access to learning and help Springboard reach twice as many students this year. The 2015 campaign to sponsor a city is live – join the movement and help Springboard expand!

Contact Us

Springboard Collaborative
Two Penn Center, Suite 1315
1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102