Digital Equity

We are creating equitable access to resources by providing our most vulnerable students with the technology and support they need for academic success.

Students need Access to Digital Resources

At-risk students in our community are in jeopardy of falling even further behind in their studies due to a lack of internet and the devices they need to keep them connected to online educational resources and learning opportunities.

All too often, students do not have access to a personal computer and are unable to complete assignments at home. Connectivity issues are not just a pandemic-related challenge. The crisis exacerbated this long-existing Homework Gap, and underserved students are still struggling to overcome learning losses.

HEF is working to close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap by providing technology and Wi-Fi access, so all students can be engaged in their learning.
We urgently need your help to combat the “Summer Slide,” the slowing of academic progress when students are not in school. There are 175 kids still on our waiting list who need your support.

Overcoming Student

Learning Loss

Student with devices provided by Hillsborough Education Foundation

Bridging the Digital Divide

Many students and their families are facing a lack of internet connection while also overcoming language barriers and limited digital literacy training.

Internet is often the first expense families cut when finances are tight, so students from lower-income households are more likely to be disconnected.

The impact of the Digital Divide, the disparity in digital access between socio-economic, racial and ethnic groups, has been devastating—leading to decreased graduation rates and months of learning loss. A gap that can widen, especially during the summertime, for underserved students who don’t have the same resources and supplemental learning opportunities as some of their peers.

The Impact of the Summer Slide

  • Most students lose about 2 months of math skills.
  • Low-income children tend to lose an additional 2-3 months in reading.
We know a long-term Homework Gap has a lasting impact on our students and on Hillsborough County.

EDUCATION IS KEY TO A PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY

Thank you for investing in our most vulnerable students to help close the digital divide and strengthen public education.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Digital Equity Initiative closes opportunity gaps and increases equity in education for Hillsborough County Public Schools students. We are committed to bridging the digital divide by providing technology resources, digital literacy skills training and a critical connection for students.

Current students and families who are in need of assistance with internet access and devices can click the button below to learn more about our Digital Equity Initiative and how to connect with our team.

Hillsborough Education Foundation is grateful for all our amazing partners like Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Helios Education Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries and many others who support increasing equitable access to digital resources in our community.

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Hillsborough Education Foundation Assists Family With Hotspot for e-Learning

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Through our Digital Equity Team and Tech Connect program, we’ve provided WiFi hotspots and/or laptops to more than 2,500 students, still more needs to be done.