Organization Name: Wide Open School

Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2020
Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, all in one place. Wide Open School is a learning-from-home experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.

Why We Invested

COVID-19 has disrupted education for learners, families and teachers across the globe and exacerbated learning inequities. It has also put a spotlight on racial injustice. Almost overnight, schools were forced to transition to online learning, shifting much of the education onto parents and caregivers. Wide Open School is a massive collaboration across 75 partners and supporters who came together to meet the needs of learners, families and teachers due to the pandemic. We are thrilled these partners include Imaginable Futures’ portfolio organizations such as Ellevation, Khan Academy, Tinkergarten, Ubongo -- as well as close partners such as the National Head Start Association and Sesame Workshop. Wide Open School is led by Common Sense Media, a trusted source for quality education media for more than 15 years. Imaginable Futures is proud to be an anchor funder of Wide Open School, and specifically support its early childhood effort.

Families and educators need more support than ever before to be successful in this new-age of learning. Wide Open School is much more than a resource of information and tools, it’s a bridge between present-day education and the future that gives parents, teachers, and kids inspiration to continue growing and learning.
Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media