Lack of educational support in the home can have a lasting impact on a child’s future.
Research shows increased educational levels reduce the probability of current financial disadvantage becoming a long-term problem.
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to have lower educational achievement. Often these students are additionally disadvantaged by minimal financial resources and parents who may have low educational attainment themselves, English as a second language, or are unable to provide strong educational support. This can result in poor student outcomes including leaving school early, unemployment or underemployment, poor health, delinquency and possibly crime.
Research tells us that offering learning opportunities outside of school hours is one way to improve the learning success of students and positively influence educational and personal outcomes. Disadvantaged students can miss out on these kinds of out-of-school programs as they are often too costly for families with limited financial means.