Supporting Foundations:

Blanche and Julian Robertson Foundation            Fred Stanback Donor Advisor Fund 

Springsteen Foundation                                            Wells Fargo Foundation

Margaret C. Woodson Foundation                           Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation

Salisbury Rowan Rotary                                            Novant Health Foundation                                      

What is ApSeed?

·         Provides FREE Seedling touch pads loaded with educational apps to improve literacy skills

·         Target market: at-risk children ages 0-4

·         Apps help disadvantaged children learn colors, shapes, letters, & numbers

·         Touch pad requires active touch and interaction

Why was ApSeed Created?

·         Want to increase knowledge of colors, shapes, letters, numbers before entering Kindergarten, ages 0-4

·         Low SES children hear 30 Million less words than high SES children before entering Kindergarten (Hart & Risley 2003)

o   We aim to narrow the word gap by providing our touch pads

·         Ultimately, we want to get children ready for Kindergarten

o   Age proficient to grade proficient

o   Dramatically improve the success rate of the Third grade Literacy Tests

o   Reduces remediation

When did ApSeed begin?

·         2015- idea of ApSeed

·         2016- launched 60 Seedling touch pads to two Head Starts in Rowan County

·         2017- 600 Seedling touch pads to all 8 Rowan County Head Starts

·         2018- over 5,000 Seedling touch pads distributed to:

o   local daycares,

o   Salisbury Pediatric Clinic,

o   Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of Rowan County Health Department,

o   English as a Second Language (ESL)

o   Davie County, NC WIC

o   Davie and Rowan Counties NC Pre-K

·         2019-  1,000 Seedlings to Novant Health Rowan, Fort Mill and Chester County South Carolina, and saturation of Rowan County North Carolina