ABCmouse.com Adds 2nd Grade Curriculum, Expanding the Leading Educational Resource for 3rd–Grade Readiness

2nd Grade Curriculum


The transition from 2nd to 3rd grade is a critical time in a child’s educational journey. So today we are excited to announce the launch of a comprehensive 2nd grade curriculum to expand our award–winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy for children ages 2–8. The expanded curriculum is designed to address the learning needs and interests of 2nd grade students with the goal of preparing them for the transition to 3rd grade.

Our 2nd grade curriculum includes more than 1,500 new learning activities on two new levels in the Step–by–Step Learning Path, providing lessons in five key academic subjects: English language arts, math, social studies, science, and health. Children using ABCmouse at home, in classrooms, in libraries, and in other community institutions will all have access to the 2nd grade curriculum. Continue reading...

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Calls for 3rd Grade Readiness ‘Moon Shot’ at Age of Learning – AASA Event

Aasa Event


At the inaugural American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Early Childhood Learning Summit in Miami, Florida, a roomful of superintendents from around the country listened intently as Alberto M. Carvalho answered a critical question about the future of American education—what “moon shot” should a new president challenge the nation to achieve? Mr. Carvalho’s answer: Within 8 years, every child born in the first year of that presidency should have achieved proficiency in all 3rd-grade subjects, with a solid foundation of academic and learning skills upon which to build a complete education that would truly prepare him or her for life, work, and citizenship in the 21st century.

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Celebrating Our 2nd Billion

Celebrating Our 2nd Billion


We’re pleased to announce that ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy recently passed the milestone of 2,000,000,000 learning activities completed!

That’s an average of almost 200 learning activities each for the more than 10 million children who have enjoyed and learned from ABCmouse since it launched in November 2010.

These are more than just big numbers. Research shows that the more ABCmouse learning activities children complete, the greater the educational impact. That’s because every learning activity is designed to achieve specific curriculum objectives that contribute to a strong academic foundation for every child. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Launches ABCmouse for Schools, a Scalable Solution for School Districts and School Groups in the U.S. and Globally

ABCmouse Teacher Smartboard Classroom

We’re proud that ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy has become a trusted early learning program for more than 65,000 classroom teachers across the country. However, district-level educators have asked for additional features to support implementation of ABCmouse across all of their early elementary classrooms, with the goal of ensuring that all of their younger students become 3rd-grade-ready. To meet this critical need, we are excited to announce today the launch of ABCmouse for Schools, a scalable solution to meet the pre-k through 2nd grade needs of school districts and school groups in the U.S. and internationally.

ABCmouse for Schools offers two solutions: ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, a comprehensive supplemental curriculum that builds a strong foundation for academic success across subject areas required for 3rd grade readiness; and the new ABCmouse English Language Learning Academy, which can be used by teachers as a core program or as a rich supplemental resource to provide a developmentally appropriate English language immersion experience. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Launches ABCmouse Assessment Center to Help Families Evaluate School Readiness

Kindergarten Bar Graph

Yesterday we released an unprecedented, comprehensive analysis of Kindergarten Readiness standards across all 50 states. Now we are thrilled to share news of another empowering Kindergarten Readiness resource that we are making available to families and caregivers. Based on the common standards identified in our Kindergarten Readiness Report, we have developed an in-depth Kindergarten Readiness assessment, which parents can use with the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum to help better prepare children for kindergarten. Available in a new ABCmouse Assessment Center, the easy-to-use Kindergarten Readiness assessment was developed with guidance from the leading education and assessment research organization SRI International, and from the independent research institution NORC at the University of Chicago. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Releases In-Depth Analysis of What It Means to Be Kindergarten Ready in All 50 States

As a company, our mission is to help children everywhere build a foundation for academic success. It was with that in mind that we originally created ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, which has become a trusted curriculum for millions of parents and more than 65,000 teachers. To further support families and early childhood educators in preparing children for kindergarten, today we are releasing an unprecedented, comprehensive analysis of Kindergarten Readiness standards across all 50 states. The Report reveals substantial common ground among state Kindergarten Readiness standards, with 15 specific skills that 85 percent or more of states would like to see children acquire before entering kindergarten. Read the Report... and view an infographic with Report highlights...

ABCmouse.com Case Study: Using Early Learning Technology to Prepare Head Start Families for Kindergarten

Children that have access to high-quality early education learning experiences have been shown to be better prepared for kindergarten and subsequently more successful in school. As part of our ongoing efforts to support such experiences for young children, Age of Learning partnered with the Albina Head Start program in Portland, Oregon, which provides educational services to hundreds of underserved families, to offer children free access to ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy. This case study shows that the more ABCmouse was used in classrooms during the school year, the better prepared those students were for kindergarten. Teachers also found that ABCmouse helped engage families and fostered a meaningful classroom-to-home connection. Read the case study...

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy Ages Up with
New Comprehensive 1st Grade Curriculum

1st Grade Classroom

Since we first launched ABCmouse, parents and teachers have eagerly asked us when we’d be growing beyond kindergarten. Today we are excited to announce a significant expansion of our award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy: the addition of a comprehensive supplementary 1st grade curriculum with more than 2,000 new learning activities and a new 1st grade classroom experience. With this new launch, ABCmouse now offers more than 650 lessons and 7,000 standards-based activities. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Joins White House ConnectHome Initiative to Bridge the Digital Divide

President Obama delivered remarks about the ConnectHome initiative and the positive impact it will make in communities nationwide, including Durant, OK., where a special event was held on July 15, 2015.
President Obama delivered remarks about the ConnectHome initiative and the positive impact it will make in communities nationwide, including Durant, OK., where a special event was held on July 15, 2015.

On Wednesday, Age of Learning announced that we would make our award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum available free to tens of thousands of low-income families as part of ConnectHome, a new White House initiative that brings together communities, the private sector, and federal agencies to increase access to digital learning and information resources to families across the country. In support of the White House announcement, we participated in a special event at Durant High School in Durant, OK—part of the Choctaw Tribal Nation, one of the 28 communities being served by the initiative—where President Obama shared remarks about ConnectHome. Continue reading...

New ABCmouse for Libraries Available on Tablets, Adds 1st Grade Curriculum and Enhanced Features

Steve Tomecek, Age of Learning Science Advisor, demonstrates ABCmouse for Libraries activities to a large and enthusiastic audience of librarians.
Steve Tomecek, Age of Learning Science Advisor, demonstrates ABCmouse for Libraries activities to a large and enthusiastic audience of librarians.

This past weekend at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference we launched a major expansion to our ABCmouse for LibrariesTM product, which gives children visiting public libraries free access to ABCmouse Early Learning Academy—the leading and most comprehensive online early learning resource for children ages 2–7+. The enhanced product now includes support for iPad and Android tablets, an all-new 1st grade curriculum that will include thousands of new learning activities, and added tools to improve librarians’ and patrons’ experience using ABCmouse. The already popular ABCmouse for Libraries will now help more young children learn, and better strengthen the library-school-home connection.

At our ALA conference booth, award-winning science author and Age of Learning Science Advisor Steve Tomecek demonstrated the new ABCmouse for Libraries features and content to a large and enthusiastic audience of librarians. Steve shared some of the new learning activities and culminated with a simple hands-on science activity that got the crowd engaged. Continue reading...

ABCmouse English Language Learning App Launches in China Exclusively on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

EFL app icon China A new ABCmouse English Language Learning app for children ages 3–8 has officially launched in China, marking the first international expansion of the award-winning ABCmouse brand. Serving millions of children in the U.S., ABCmouse is the leading and most comprehensive early education resource online. ABCmouse is regularly the No. 1 children’s learning iPad and iPhone app in both the Kids category and the Education category in Apple’s U.S. App Store. To date, children have completed more than one billion ABCmouse learning activities.

Developed by language learning experts in collaboration with a highly talented creative team, the ABCmouse English Language Learning app features 25 thoughtfully and creatively designed English language learning lessons, and will ultimately include more than 150 lessons that help children learn to speak more than 1,000 English words and to understand more than 2,500 English words and phrases. The new app is now available to families in China exclusively in Apple’s China App Store for use on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Celebrates 50 Years of Head Start

head start speech Age of Learning and Head Start share a commitment to helping every child learn, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. That’s why we have been a consistent supporter of Head Start, offering free access to our complete, award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum for all Head Start programs, and serving thousands of Head Start classrooms to date.

Age of Learning was recently a proud sponsor at the 2015 National Head Start Association conference in Washington, D.C., which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Head Start program. Dr. Rebecca Palacios, Senior Curriculum Advisor at Age of Learning, was invited to address the more than 5,000 people attending the conference. Speaking prior to Cornell Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, and “father of Head Start” Edward Zigler, Dr. Palacios delivered personal and inspirational words that resonated with the large audience of Head Start Directors, teachers, and other supporters. Continue reading...

1 Billion and Counting

by Doug Dohring, Founder and CEO

Children complete ABCmouse.com learning activities in their classroom.

I am delighted to share my thoughts about a major milestone that we recently celebrated at Age of Learning, when a five-year-old boy in Tennessee completed a mathematics learning activity on ABCmouse.com called Ring It Up.

Why is that worth noting? Because it was the 1,000,000,000th learning activity completed on ABCmouse.com. Yes, that’s one billion with a b.

That’s a big number, but what’s most important is what it represents. Ever since we launched ABCmouse.com, our goal has been to help children learn. More specifically, we set out to “help children build a strong foundation for future academic success.” And our commitment to that goal is stronger than ever—we are hard at work expanding our curriculum and creating new ways to “Bring Learning to Life” for children throughout the U.S. and around the world. Continue reading...

ABCmouse.com Case Study: An Effective Digital Learning Resource Can Significantly Improve Motivation, Engagement, and Self-Confidence

This case study focuses on two families with children at different stages of development. After finding numerous education websites and apps ineffective, both families turned to ABCmouse.com because of its comprehensive academic curriculum and found the outcomes they had been seeking. Both families discovered that the benefits of using ABCmouse.com transcended academics and contributed to major gains they hadn’t anticipated, but eagerly welcomed, in their children’s approaches to learning, including motivation, focus, engagement, and self-confidence as learners. The families’ experiences echo the results of a comprehensive 2014 survey of nearly 5,000 parents with children using ABCmouse.com, also cited in this case study. Read the case study...

Age of Learning Research Highlights – Three Large-Scale Studies Assess the Effectiveness of ABCmouse.com

Age of Learning regularly commissions research by independent early education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of ABCmouse.com. The summary below highlights key findings from three large-scale studies of the effects of ABCmouse.com usage by children in school and at home, in a range of geographic and socio-economic settings.
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ABCmouse.com Case Study: Differentiating Instruction and Engaging Families with Technology

Today we’re sharing the first in a series of research case studies examining the impact of ABCmouse.com in school and home environments. This case study focuses on the experience of Julie Choudhary, a 25-year-veteran kindergarten teacher in Escondido, California, and her use of ABCmouse.com to differentiate instruction and engage families. Julie found that ABCmouse.com helped her students make significant academic gains, with growth on key early literacy skills of more than twice the national average. Read the case study...

Age of Learning Joins Invest in US Campaign at White House Summit to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education

Today Age of Learning is attending the White House Summit on Early Education to support the launch of Invest in US, a national campaign to ensure that all children and communities have access to high-quality early childhood education.

As a participant in Invest in US, Age of Learning is making a commitment to provide free access to the complete, award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum in every U.S. preschool, Head Start, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom over the next two years.

“Age of Learning is proud to support this vitally important White House initiative to expand access to high-quality and effective early childhood education resources,” said founder and CEO Doug Dohring. “This initiative aligns with our goal to advance educational equity and help all children learn.” Continue reading...

Age of Learning Launches New App to Access More Than 5,000 ABCmouse.com Learning Activities for Preschool – Kindergarten

Age of Learning is proud to announce that the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy app is now available for iOS and Android, with access to our complete award-winning curriculum on tablets and smartphones!

ABCmouse.com is the leading and most comprehensive online learning resource for children ages 2 through 6+, with more than 5,000 carefully designed learning activities encompassing reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Continue reading...

Early Childhood Education Increasingly a Nationwide Priority

There’s big news in a recent poll released by the First Five Years Fund: People throughout the country now broadly support strengthening early childhood education.

Indeed, 85% of those polled say that ensuring that children get a strong start in life is one of the nation’s top priorities.

We’re pleased to see this issue is now getting the attention it deserves, as the early years are so critical to a child’s development and prospects for success in school and in life.

Over the past few years, states as diverse as Oklahoma, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, West Virginia, and Maine have adopted statewide preschool or pre-kindergarten programs, and several others are working toward that goal. Continue reading...

A Partnership to Help Prevent the Summer Slide

Age of Learning was pleased to participate in the Families In Schools Passport to Success Day this past Saturday in downtown Los Angeles. The event featured California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who spoke about the important work that Families In Schools is doing.

Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaking at Families In Schools’ Passport to Success Day on Saturday, July 19.

Families In Schools (FIS) is the leading organization working in Los Angeles and beyond to strengthen family engagement as a critical component of school reform and improved student outcomes. FIS’s mission is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education, recognizing that students are more likely to succeed when schools, families, and communities partner to support student learning. In its first 10 years, FIS has helped over 140,000 families through school and community partnership programs. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Supports Early Literacy and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

A growing body of research suggests that reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most powerful predictors of future academic and even career success. According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), “74% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.”

Unfortunately, however, about two-thirds of third-grade children in the U.S. fall short of that reading proficiency goal.

For these reasons, Age of Learning is a proud supporter of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative, nationwide effort to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. Continue reading...

Age of Learning Makes ABCmouse.com Free for Libraries

This past weekend at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference, Age of Learning, Inc. launched ABCmouse.com® for Libraries™, a fully featured, free-for-libraries version of ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, our award-winning online curriculum used by millions of children.

ABCmouse.com for Libraries gives children free access through all of the 16,000 U.S. public libraries to the leading and most comprehensive online learning resource for children ages 2 through 6+. Since the American Library Association reports that there are more than 300 million sessions annually on Internet-connected computers at U.S. public libraries, this initiative will significantly increase families’ ability to access and use this valuable curriculum resource. Continue reading...

Building Educational Excellence: Hall of Fame Teacher & Teacher of the Year Talk About Age of Learning

For our first post on the Age of Learning blog, we decided to start at the beginning, interviewing two members of our Curriculum Board who have been central to shaping ABCmouse.com since before the site launched and who continue to guide our growing early learning curriculum: Kim Oliver Burnim (2006 National Teacher of the Year) and Dr. Rebecca Palacios (2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards).


We spoke to them recently about their collective five decades of classroom experience and their passion for excellence in early childhood education. Continue reading...