Education Comes First (ECF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that supports youth-serving organizations that work with underprivileged youngsters to improve and enhance educational performance in areas of math, reading & social development.

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Social Development

As youth development advocates, we are constantly researching positive practices for school-age programming. Out-of-school-time (OST) programs are an essential and integral part of enhancing the academic and social well-being of a child. Students participating in California’s After School Learning & Safe Neighborhoods Program improved their standardized test scores in reading twice as much as students nationwide. After-school programs provide a strong base for nurturing children’s literacy development and providing a variety of types of literacy experiences.

Ethan is a 12-year-old boy and presents with learning deficits, negative self-confidence and co-dependency on academic skills and problem solving. Last summer he struggled to get through a full day and was often picked up early due to his behavior and ability to remain engaged and in control. This year Ethan has participated in Khan Academy, reading buddies, DEAR and STEAM. Ethan is now able to complete homework at the club, attend to small group reading, and behave during quiet reading center time! His mother has commented on his behavior at home improving and she also noted he was making social gains by having more friends and less conflicts with his siblings. We believe that our methods and mixture of academics, mentoring, and stable positive environment help so many youngsters just like Ethan every day!

– Current ECF Member