Parents Challenge to expand educational support for students from families in financial need through grant from Anschutz Foundation

The Anschutz Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Parents Challenge in support of its programs that empower low-income families in the Pikes Peak Region with the resources to choose the best educational option, for their children — be they traditional public, private, charter public, or home schools.

“Too many kids in the Colorado Springs region are trapped in poor-performing schools, limiting their access to quality education and the tools to reach their potential,” explained Steve Schuck, founder of Parents Challenge. “Thanks to support from the Anschutz Foundation we will be able to help even more families pursue and achieve their dreams.”

Parents Challenge currently serves 200 students from 119 families in the Colorado Springs region, having served 2,400 over the past 20 years. Parents are empowered by attending evening sessions that mentor them in subjects they themselves identify and must be active in their child’s education including the submission of reports on their child’s academic and social progress.

To meet families at the point of their need, Parents Challenge empowers them to choose from the full spectrum of school choices; private, traditional public, charter public and home. Along with choosing the educational enhancements that best meet their needs, including tuition, tutoring, summer school, transportation, computers, activity fees and school uniforms.

Parents Challenge students are expected to outperform the proficiency rates of their low-income peers, achieve high attendance rates, volunteer in their communities, take part in extra-curricular activities, and graduate from high school.

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