(November 2017) – Evaluation results show Providence K-4 students enrolled in
summer programs powered by BELL
(Building Educated Leaders for Life) gained 2 months in literacy
skills and 3 months in math skills. Founded in 1992, BELL is a nonprofit
that partners with local schools to deliver evidence-based academic and
enrichment programs to prevent summer slide, which reverses achievement gains
made during the school year.
City of Providence partnered with BELL(Building Educated Leaders for Life)
this year to deliver the summer academic and enrichment program to more
than 480 participating elementary school students, known as scholars. BELL
programs were held at Young Woods Elementary School, Reservoir Avenue
Elementary School and Bailey Elementary School in Providence. In 2016, a report
issued by a Summer Learning Task Force convened by Providence Mayor Jorge
Elorza noted that from 2013 to 2015, 56 percent of Providence students
experienced summer learning loss in reading and 50 percent in math.
investing in summer learning because we want children to begin the school year
ahead of the curve. These results show that students made significant progress
thanks to the enriching experience provided by BELL this past summer,” said
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “We're excited about these results and look forward
to deepening our investments in summer learning in years to come.”
to evaluation surveys, 100 percent of teachers trained in BELL reported an
increase in the self-confidence of enrolled students, known as scholars and 89
percent of parents reported their children having a better ability to overcome
challenges. The impact of the BELL-powered summer program reverberated through
their circles of support as well. Surveys show 90 percent of parents say they
are more involved in their child’s education and 85 percent of educators say
BELL helped them improve their professional skills.
estimated 7.5 million K-8 students from underserved communities are performing
significantly below grade level, and up to two-thirds of the academic achievement
gap is due to lack of access to summer learning programs. To address this
challenge, BELL partners design and deploy holistic, scalable summer and
afterschool learning experiences utilizing BELL’s comprehensive evidence-based
out-of-school-time education solution. Refined and replicated for over 25
years, BELL-powered programs blend rigorous literacy and math instruction with
hands-on enrichment, social emotional development, and community engagement.
academic outcomes and survey results confirmed once again that increasing
access to high-quality learning experiences beyond the school year helps
students get ahead when they return to school in the fall,” says BELL CEO Dr.
Lauren Sanchez Gilbert.
is the nation’s largest evidence-based summer learning program, and is
delivered via partnerships with school districts and national youth-serving
organizations such as the YMCA, and 4-H. This summer, approximately 15,000
enrolled students, known as scholars, participated in BELL-powered programs at
135 sites in 34 states.
(Building Educated Leaders for Life)
in 1992, BELL is a national leader in evidence-based summer learning and
afterschool programs for PK-8 students that close the achievement gap in
underserved communities. BELL partners with schools, school districts, and
other youth-serving organizations to reach approximately 15,000 students across
the country through its summer and afterschool programs. Visit www.experienceBELL.org for more