This year, thousands of low-income families across the country have a new way to bring learning into their homes through a groundbreaking joint effort between Kaplan Tutoring and Computers for Youth (CFY). Kaplan Tutoring, a division of Kaplan and a leading provider of after-school learning programs for children in grades K through 9, has teamed up with CFY, the nation's foremost organization dedicated to improving the Home Learning Environment of low-income children, to provide free access 1-year access to Kaplan Smart Track to all the 6th grade students participating in its Take IT Home program.

Through its Take IT Home program, CFY partners with high-poverty middle schools to offer each participating family with free learning-focused training, a computer which is theirs to take home after the workshop, and robust tech support. Each computer is Internet-ready and loaded with carefully selected educational software. Now, thanks to Kaplan Tutoring, CFY also provides families with orientation and sign-up instructions for a free one-year subscription to Kaplan Smart Track, a customized online learning program that engages students and their parents in learning reading and math. Kaplan Smart Track drives academic progress through online assessment, customized learning, and measurable progress and features a reward system designed to motivate child to practice important math and reading skills.

“We are thrilled to partner with Kaplan Tutoring,” said Elisabeth Stock, CEO and Co-Founder of Computers for Youth. “We've seen first-hand how Kaplan's Smart Track program motivates the children in our program to learn and keeps the whole family engaged. Programs like Kaplan's go a long way to helping to improve the Home Learning Environment of the children who participate in Take IT Home.”

“We applaud Computers for Youth’s commitment to using technology to engage families and propel student achievement, as its mission reflects our own,” said Justin Serrano, President of Kaplan Tutoring. “We’re pleased to work with an organization so dedicated to helping to bring a rich array of learning opportunities into the homes of underserved students.”

Kaplan Smart Track is available to all families served by CFY's Take IT Home program during the 2009-2010 school year. More than 4,000 participating families in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity.

About Kaplan Tutoring

Kaplan Tutoring ( helps K-8 students reach their academic potential, build self-confidence and develop a love of learning. Kaplan Tutoring is part of Kaplan Test Prep, a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan Test Prep is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books, Kaplan Test Prep offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as English language and professional licensing exams. Kaplan Test Prep is a division of Kaplan, Inc. (, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

About Computers for Youth

Computers for Youth helps low-income children do better in school by improving their learning environment at home. CFY's signature program selects high-poverty middle schools and then offers all sixth-grade families both a home computer loaded with educational software and training designed to help parents become more effective learning partners. Studies confirm that CFY’s programs have significantly improved students’ test scores and class effort and have increased parents’ confidence and involvement. Since beginning operations in 1999, CFY has reached more than 40,000 students and parents from more than 50 schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. CFY is building a national Home Learning field within the education sector, including extending its affiliate network to all 50 states and working to influence national education policy. For more information, please visit

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