Who We Are
Children Across America (CAA) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free educational and health programs for underserved communities. CAA is headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts. The new Silicon Valley location is in Mountain View, California.
What We Do
CAA provides year-round out-of-school literacy and education support programs, early career exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), feeding programs, and connections to preventative healthcare for low-income children. CAA’s goals are to strengthen first-generation American children’s literacy and math skills, support their success during the school year, prevent summer learning loss, and provide early career development.
Educational programs for children in grades K-5 include:
- Saturday Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club: Saturday morning classes that include reading circles, coding, robotics, and science experiments.
- Summer Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM) Club: A 7-week summer program where children receive 3 1/2 hours of programming, 5 days a week. Summer classes include reading circles, coding, artistic expression, nature, robotics, and science experiments.
- Girls Love to Code program: A new program that’s part of the Summer STREAM Club, “Girls Love to Code” offers free coding classes to improve early awareness and development of STEM skills.
- STEM and STREAM Clubs are staffed by certified teachers. The clubs are staffed by college interns who receive credit for their work through the Presidential Volunteer Award program. Interns are selected to reflect the ethnicities and speak the language of the children and to act as role models.
- CAA has been a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Meals site since 2018. CAA provides STREAM children with healthy snacks and lunches, daily.
CAA is committed to delivering measurable outcomes in kids’ lives. Success is defined according to student learning and retention. CAA utilizes the standardized Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test administered to participants before and after STREAM programming to measure phonetics, reading comprehension, and writing development. This testing shows that our participants historically return to school at least 35% further ahead in reading, writing, and phonetics than when they started.
Communities We Serve
Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Stanford, Menlo Park, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Campbell, Milpitas, Newark, Redwood City, San Jose