Statistics show that children from middle-income households spend 6,000 more hours in after-school and summer learning activities than their peers from low-income households by the time they reach sixth grade. At EDMO we believe that ALL children should have access to our programs regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Inequity in accessing out of school time learning opportunities is not new. Prior to Covid, the summer was seen as the most vulnerable time for children from low income families, commonly referred to as, “summer learning loss.” However, COVID has profoundly exacerbated the already present disparities between youth from low-income households and their middle and high income peers impacting every single aspect of their learning journey, not just during the summer.
At EDMO, we are actively working to dismantle the financial barriers that prevent systemically oppressed communities from accessing our programs in the following ways:
EDMO’s financial aid policies have evolved as our understanding of equitable practices have expanded over the years. Most recently, when Covid hit and we were faced with re-imagining our entire business model, we took a look at our financial aid system and realized that we could do better. Read more
At our fee-based in-person sites, families needing financial aid had to wait for applications to open, provide a long list of supplemental information and then wait for their application to be approved, an incredibly time consuming and delayed process. The spots they had to choose from were then pre-selected and limited. We realized that though this is how most camps operate, we no longer wanted to take part in this outdated and inequitable model.
To disrupt the old way and shift the power dynamic, we launched a totally different approach to financial aid, Honor System Pricing. Read more
Yes, you read it correctly, a financial aid policy built on the honor system! Honor System pricing allowed families to receive instant financial assistance. We removed the hurdles of forms and wait time. We posted a 50% Off and 80% off code and trusted that those of you who needed it would use it, those of you who could pay full price would. As we optimistically prepare to return to our in person programs, we have applied the Honor System model to design our current Sliding Scale Financial Aid system. For more information on Sliding Scale Financial Aid and to learn how you can receive aid, please visit the Financial Aid page.