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Digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged families and schools. Nearly 30% of families - mostly low-income, don't have high-speed broadband access at home. 

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MyFamily@School Overview & FAQ

The first step in school improvement is family engagement. MyFamily@School provides free and low cost broadband, computers, software and training to struggling families in high-poverty public schools. 


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Here are our most frequently asked questions below:

  • How does MyFamily@School close gaps?

  • Why do low income families need our help connecting?

  • How can you get involved?

  • Which parents get involved?

  • How does Project Appleseed provide discounted computers and free broadband?

  • Why do low income families "NEED" digital technologies?

  • Do you need additional information & resources?

"A 10% increase in

parental participation

(a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

How does the program close homework gaps?

Communicating is Slice Three in the ​Six Slices of Parental Involvement. Technology makes school-to-home and home-to-school communications with all families the important first step in organizing family engagement in public schools. Through our partnership with EveryoneOn, Project Appleseed is closing the "Homework Gap". Our goal is to accelerate the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations. We use broadband technology to increase home-to-school communication to achieve two goals:

Close the Achievement Gap   

  • Targets high-poverty, underperforming, Title I middle and high schools for improvement

  • Engages parents as learning partners

  • Helps students improve achievement, work habits, motivation and attendance

  • Encourages enrollment in more challenging courses and college

Close the Homework Gap

  • Provides for families who lack home computers and broadband    

  • Infuses technology into all aspects of student learning at school and home                               

  • Makes technology relevant with school-centered parent education and engagement

  • Increases access to knowledge and economic leverage

Why do low income families need our help connecting?

Nearly 30% of families - mostly low-income, don't have high-speed broadband access at home. These are some of the poorest families in the most challenging schools. The digital divide is about more than owning smart phones. Those who are not connected are digital have-nots, with limited access to knowledge and economic leverage. 

These families also tend to have low parental involvement rates with very limited access to information about schools, students’ behavior, attendance, progress and performance. Children cannot access the tools they need to learn and compete from home. 80% of AP teachers agree that today’s digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts. Family employment is difficult because 80% of Fortune 500 companies post their job openings online. Fifty percent of today’s jobs require technology skills.

How can you get involved?

Digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged families and schools.

Here is how you can help:

You make a donation.

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Funding buys computers & more.

Desktops, laptops, tablets, & broadband modems are purchased at big discounts from EveryoneOn. Schools request gifts here.

Homework Gap Closed.

Equipment, training & family engagement is delivered directly to a struggling family or the parent group at targeted schools. Details.

Which parents get involved?

Project Appleseed engages three distinct groups of parents

Public Agenda research demonstrates that public school parents fall into three categories. Project Appleseed's MyFamily@School is designed to engage each group with evidence based strategies.

Help Seekers

Parents Who Are Concerned About Their Own Children’s Learning and Need Help.. 

School Helpers

Parents Who Want to Help Out More in Traditional Ways at Their Children’s Schools

Potential Transformers 

Parents Who Would Like More Say in their Children’s Schools and Are Poised to Take Action


How does Project Appleseed provide 

discounted computers and free broadband?


We are a partnership of IT companies, nonprofits and foundations that connect low-income Americans to the Internet. EveryoneOn.org and its flagship program, Connect2Compete, is promoted by the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), and supported by Comcast, Cox, Freedom Pop, Arrow Electronics and CDI Computer Dealers. Nationally our partnership receives financial support from the Knight Foundation, Carlos Slim Foundation, the Wasserman Foundation, Citi, and Microsoft.

Why do low income families "NEED" digital technologies?

More than 80% of AP teachers agree that today’s digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts (Pew Research Center 2013). Teachers in higher-level courses are using technology more frequently in their lessons and to communicate with their students. According to a February 2013 poll of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project: 


  • 79 percent of teachers have student's access assignments online


  • 85 percent of teachers seek opportunities to incorporate digital tools into their instruction


  • 62 percent of African-Americans had a broadband connection at home compared with 74 percent of white Americans.


Additional Information & Resources

High-speed Internet has transformed nearly everything about modern society, including education, industry, government, entertainment, and more, often with powerful effects. Our economy is stronger and educational opportunities are greater, thanks in part to high-speed Internet access. However, though broadband Internet access is no longer considered a luxury but rather a necessity in the lives of most Americans, the benefits of high-speed Internet are still not universally shared. Today, only 70 percent of Americans have broadband Internet at home.1 Getting high-speed Internet to the remaining 30 percent, including some five million households with school-age children, could have a major impact on economic, educational, and health outcomes in the United States. 


Opportunities abound for software designers and developers to create impactful tools for teachers, school leaders, students, and their families. This guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs addresses key questions about the education ecosystem and highlights critical needs and opportunities to develop digital tools and apps for learning. Crowd-sourced from knowledgeable educators, developers, and researchers who were willing to share what they have learned, this guide is designed to help entrepreneurs apply technology in smart ways to solve persistent problems in education.  

No longer can an educator get by just slipping a monthly newsletter into the backpack and ensuring that the local paper gets the sports schedule. In an age of instantaneous access and 24/7 demand, schools must be able to manage the flow of information not only from teacher to students sitting in a classroom, but also to parents at the workplace and home.

The National School Public Relations Association surveyed parents and residents about their preferences when it came to content, delivery systems and frequency of communication from their schools. The survey covered 43,410 responses from 50 school districts in 22 states conducted last spring as part of a communication accountability program. Parents want more information about their child’s progress in school on a regular basis and definitely want to know if their child is struggling before it is too late to do something about it. They prefer to have it all delivered to them in electronic/internet-based sources like email, e-newsletters, district websites, and parent portals (NSPRA 2011).

Long a cause for alarm, the gap in reading skills between poor students and their more affluent peers is well-established and worsening, researchers say. Now, there is more bad news: The real magnitude of that reading achievement gap may be greater than previously believed, because educators and researchers have not adequately accounted for the different skills that are required to successfully read online, as opposed to in print.

As part of its participation in President Barack Obama's ConnectED technology in education program, Apple is giving its latest hardware, as well as services and infrastructure, to 114 schools across the U.S. . In June 2013, President Obamaannounced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.