Laundromats are hubs for increasing literacy for kids in underserved communities
The Stanford Coin Wash is located in the Bay-Area of Northern California. 50% of the Laundromats visitors come from Hispanic backgrounds. The Creative Destination is focused on donating books to the laundromat in both English and Spanish for the space!
We are honored to begin a partnership with Laundry Literacy Cares Coalition to help The Creative Destination find Laundromats in need of creative spaces.
Your donation to GoFundMe will help to purchase new bookshelves for each of our laundromat spaces and books in Spanish and English for kids.
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The Stanford Coin Wash was The Creative Destination's first laundromat literacy space. With the help of generous donors, we could put a bookshelf, table, and chairs in the laundromat to create this space. Fun fact: The chairs were donated by a local preschool helping to keep furniture out of landfills!
This laundromat serves a predominantly Hispanic population. The books in this space are beginning picture books to provide kids the opportunity to practice their English skills and we will be placing new Spanish books in the space as well!
20.2% of Santa Cruz residents live below the poverty line. This is 11.1 thousand residents out of every 50.1 thousand. This is higher than the national average which is 12.8%. Having literacy spaces in this area encourages reading and education which can combat negative influences that often can cause homelessness.
The Creative Destination is creating this laundromat with the same goal of encouraging literacy in Santa Cruz, California.
This laundromat is located in Oakland, California. In the 2021-2022 school year across district and charter schools, only 36% of third graders were reading at grade level. About 35% of all students in each grade were reading at grade level in Oakland.
From partnering with New York University's Literacy, Technology, and Culture Lab, The Creative Destination is looking for laundromats in underserved communities to implement SMALL-SCALE Creative Destinations.
According to the Laundry Literacy Cares Coalition "children under the age of 5 spend significantly more time in informal settings than formal in-school or childcare settings. Estimates of in-school time for young children is approximately 500 hours per year, compared to the 20,000 hours they experience outside of it. Therefore, everyday spaces that children frequent – like the local laundromat where they spend an average of 2.5 hours each week – have enormous potential to serve as informal learning environments. Additionally, there are approximately 30,000 laundromats across the country representing tremendous potential to reach parents and caregivers at scale."
You can help by making your own Creative Destination laundromat space! We have the methodology to help you make a truly wonderful space in a laundromat for kids! please reach out to us here!