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Internet Access Helps Prevent Summer Learning Loss in Students

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Summer school vacation is upon us and with it children hungry for something to do with their energy.

Research by the National Summer Learning Association suggests that summertime poses a real threat to student’s retention of information they received just before the summer break. According to multiple studies, children of all economic backgrounds had similar decline of knowledge during the summer, but those with lower economic means suffered an even greater loss in reading and spelling skills.

A proposed effect of the knowledge gap between economic backgrounds is that, come summertime, children with parents who are better-off have more resources to provide to compensate for the lack of school work. However, students without those resources go without those much needed learning tools until school starts again.

Comcast's Internet Essentials in New Mexico is determined to close that knowledge gap by providing low-cost Internet connectivity and resources. Internet Essentials focuses on providing families who have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program with Internet for $9.95 a month.

In New Mexico alone, Internet Essentials has connected more than 5,000 families and has enabled thousands of families to purchase subsidized computers for $150.

Once online, families can access the top educational websites recommended by Parenting.com:

• PBS Kids (pbskids.org) - Find learning games associated with your favorite PBS Kids characters, including Clifford, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat and more.
• National Geographic Kids (kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids) - Keep kids engaged with interactive and educational games, photos, video and information.
• FunBrain (www.funbrain.com) - Math baseball and Mad Libs Junior for kids of all age levels.
• Spatulatta (www.spatulatta.com) - Find kid-friendly cooking tips and recipes with lots of helpful videos.
• NGA Kids (www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm) - Explore art adventures with help from the National Gallery of Art.

With access to the Internet, these learning materials can be more naturally available to children at home, helping to prevent reading and spelling loss in lower income families.

To learn more about Internet Essentials, visit InternetEssentials.com, or InternetBasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third parties can visit Internet Essentials.com/Partner. Parents looking to enroll students can call 1-855-846-8376, or for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

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