Need for Publicly Funded Learning Programs Remains as American Rescue Plan Dollars Diminish

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Huntington Learning Center Offers Key Insights as an Advocate for the Continuation of Federally Funded Learning Programs Nationwide

Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider, seeks to deepen its commitment to giving every student the best education possible as the organization expands its Private-Public Partnerships nationwide. Amid discussions of discontinuing American Rescue Plan learning recovery programs, Huntington's partnerships with school districts throughout the US validate the ongoing need to provide supplemental learning.

In the summer of 2020, before the American Rescue Plan was passed and $190B of federal funding was committed to combating COVID-19 learning loss, Huntington was already providing supplemental learning programs for students impacted by school closures. Huntington's flagship summer programs aimed at combating COVID-19 learning issues resulted in an average grade level increase of 1.3 in reading and 2.1 in math for 30 students in just 48 hours of one-to-one instruction. The results established Huntington's programming as the leading provider of supplemental learning for K-12 students. This led to the success Huntington is seeing today with their public-private partnerships with school districts across the country.

The 2022 NAEP Nation's Report Card revealed "national average score declines in mathematics for fourth- and eighth-graders were the largest ever recorded in that subject."

Today, Huntington students are improving their Reading and Math scores by 33% and 35% with only 50 hours of instruction. At this level, Huntington's student results are shown to overcome COVID-19 learning loss as indicated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 

The Huntington case study results below support the ongoing success of their federally-backed, supplemental learning programs in school districts across the country.

  • A publicly-funded partnership with the Skokie, IL, school district in 2021 offered one-to-one, in-person, and small group instruction to a group of 30 students, grades 4-8, for 48 hours of tutoring in reading and math. Average reading improvement: 1.3-grade level increase. Average math improvement: 2.1-grade level increase.
  • A publicly-funded partnership with the Bronx, NY, Charter School for Excellence in 2022 conducted 42-63 hours of in-person, small group instruction in reading and math for 15 students in grades K-8, Average reading improvement: 0.6-grade level increase. Average math improvement: 1.1 grade level increase.
  • In Indiana, Huntington has received a "Grade A" in service delivery and a "Grade A-" in customer satisfaction from families and educators. The Ohio Department of Education scored Huntington at a 12, the highest attainable score for providers working with students as part of the American Rescue Plan.

The results from these outreach programs confirm the effort and energy Huntington is putting behind their dedicated Public Private Partnerships division as part of their 46th year of operation is the right move for students, families, and franchisees alike. Students continue to benefit from Huntington's public-private partnerships in the following states, and the list is growing. Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Delaware. 

"Huntington has always served areas of the education sector that are most in need, as evidenced by our leading efforts over 20 years ago during 'No Child Left Behind,' which continues today as we provide academic services under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)," said Anne Huntington Sharma, President and Board Member of Huntington Learning Center

"Pandemic school closures were unprecedented," she continued, "and Huntington made sure to lean on this experience and immediately pivot our programming. We've been through recessions, testing, and grading changes. Throughout our 46 years, we have helped over a million students and families overcome those obstacles.

"Now is not the time to pull back on supplemental programming for students. The recent national report card proved that. An equally important skills gap families are witnessing is the social and emotional impact of disrupted classroom time. Huntington conducted a nationwide parent survey that revealed those soft skills are of significant concern for parents immediately following the onset of the pandemic. We know one-to-one and small group instruction serves to benefit growth in these areas as well, building their confidence and motivation to succeed. 

"Our dedicated Private Public Partnerships division has opened even more opportunities to provide K-12 instructional services to public, charter, and non-public schools inclusive of private, religious, and military schools. We teach students with deeply remedial needs and special education needs, as well as general education. When students need us, Huntington is here to help," Sharma concluded.

Huntington, which appointed Sharma as President in 2019 on the heels of her success spearheading the largest footprint expansion in company history, continues to focus on leading their legacy organization forward with innovative changes to their operations and a major digital transformation benefitting both families and franchise owners. The achievements have not gone unnoticed with Huntington earning awards from Entrepreneur, Franchise Business Review, FranServe, and the International Franchise Association in the past 12 months alone.

For more information on how Huntington is addressing unfinished learning nationwide and how your school can engage in their high dosage, publicly funded K-12 services, visit the Publicly Funded Partnerships site and contact

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center is the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. We offer customized programs in person, online, and hybrid options. Our certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington's programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1977, Huntington's mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at; for franchising opportunities, visit

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Hanna Interpreting Services, a premier language services provider, is proud to announce its recognition by Comparably as one of the best companies for work-life balance. This honor is a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to employee well-being and its innovative approach to fostering a harmonious work environment.

Comparably’s accolade assesses factors such as employee satisfaction with work-life balance, average hours worked per day, lunch break lengths, and overall feelings of burnout. Hanna Interpreting Services' dedication to creating an environment that melds productivity with personal time has made it stand out in this evaluation.

A significant contributor to this balance is the company's hybrid working model, where employees merge the best of both worlds by working remotely for three weeks and in the office for one week every month. This flexibility allows team members to maintain their personal lives while still fostering in-person collaboration. Hanna also ranked among the top 35% of companies for diversity and in the top 40% for gender balance.

"It's a balance we've been striving to achieve, especially in these dynamic times," says President Tom Elias Hanna. "We understand the challenges presented by both remote work and the need to be in-office."

September is a monumental month for Hanna Interpreting Services. In addition to the Comparably award, the company celebrated its 13th anniversary on September 9, marking over a decade of industry leadership and commitment to bridging linguistic barriers. The month also saw the inauguration of a brand-new office space, showcasing the company’s dedication to growth and serving as a hub for innovation and team collaboration.

As Hanna Interpreting Services continues to evolve and set benchmarks in the industry, the core values remain consistent: a commitment to bridging language barriers, a dedication to employee well-being, and a vision to be the most trusted name in language services.

Founded in 2010 by mother and son duo Jennifer Hanna and Tom Elias Hanna in their garage, Hanna has grown to more than 70 employees, served 1.1 million clients to date in 250+ languages, and has sponsored countless outreach events to serve the local community.

For more information about Hanna Interpreting Services or to schedule an interview, please contact Sean Spicer, Revenue Operations Manager, at

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With Nearly 2,000 Athletes, the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games & Access, North America’s Largest Jewish Teen Sports and Community Building Event, Leaves a Lasting...

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Boys 16U Soccer Finals

The Fort Lauderdale Maccabi Soccer team won their gold medal match against the Philadelphia team.

The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access, hosted by the David Posnack Jewish Community Center (DPJCC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have concluded with resounding success and heartfelt gratitude to the community that made it all possible. This week-long celebration of sports, camaraderie, and inclusivity has left a lasting impact, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our generous supporters.

Close to 2,000 Jewish teen athletes aged 12-16, representing communities worldwide, gathered in Fort Lauderdale to experience the joy of sports and the power of inclusion. The Games, presented by the JCC Association of North America, offered an unforgettable Olympic-style experience filled with competitions, opening and closing ceremonies, community service, social and cultural events, and opportunities to create Jewish connections that will last a lifetime.

One of the highlights of this year's event was the introduction of JCC Maccabi Access, brought to you by UKG and presented by the Posnack Family Foundation. This program is designed to provide athletes aged 12-18 with intellectual and developmental disabilities an inclusive Maccabi experience. This three-day program, held in conjunction with the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games®, exemplified the event's commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

Scott Ehrlich, CEO of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, reflected on the Games, stating, "We were overjoyed to welcome Jewish athletes from all corners of the world to Broward County for the 2023 JCC Maccabi® Games & Access. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to our JCC Maccabi Team led by our Co-Chairs, Lori and Mitch Green, Debby and Dennis Eisinger, Davia and Jim Mazur, and Missy and Dan Longman. Their unwavering commitment contributed significantly to establishing an atmosphere that nurtured camaraderie, inclusiveness, and the genuine essence of the Games."

The Games' success was significantly bolstered by the support of honorary co-chairs Scott Scherr, founder of Ultimate Software, and Scot Hunter, co-founder of Emerald Multi-Family Office. Their encouragement to business owners and the backing of corporate and community partners played a pivotal role in the event's success.

Supporting Corporate Sponsors:

  • Emerald Multi-Family Office
  • Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  • Official Torch Sponsor: Duty-Free America
  • Kent Security
  • Official Beverage Sponsor: Coca-Cola 
  • The Meltzer Group
  • Official Transportation: Sponsor Comcast 
  • Official Media Partner: Clear Channel Outdoor 
  • Official Produce Sponsor: ProEx International
  • Official Pun, Pass, and Kick Sponsor: Miami Dolphins
  • Official Basketball Sponsor: Miami HEAT
  • Official Baseball Sponsor: Miami Marlins
  • Official Cleaning Company Sponsor: AK Building Services
  • Official Swimming Sponsor: Blavatnik Family Foundation 
  • Northland Investments
  • Official V-VIP Dinner Sponsor: Aroma Market & Catering
  • Custom Outfitters LLC
  • FP&L
  • Greenspoon Marder
  • Manne Foundation for Homeless Prevention
  • Official Mitzvah Sponsor: Children's Services Council of Broward County

The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access were not just about competition; they were also about giving back to the community. The JCC Cares Mitzvah Projects showcased the spirit of service, assembling over 1,000 Rosh Hashanah food baskets for Goodman JFS Seniors and Holocaust Survivors, donating over 2,500 pairs of new sneakers to students, in partnership with Children's Services Council of Broward County, and repurposing 340 medals for the "We Finish Together" organization, spreading kindness to ill children and adults in hospitals.

Among the highlights:

  • Approximately 10,000 spectators attended the Opening Ceremony at FLA Live Arena.
  • 1,620 visiting athletes.
  • 21 Access participants.
  • 375 Coaches & Chaperones.
  • 850 Community Volunteers.
  • 600 Host Families.
  • 215 Local Athletes & Access participants representing Team Fort Lauderdale.
  • 64 delegations, including international representation from Israel, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, and 53 cities throughout the USA.
  • 100 Local businesses and individuals generously supporting.
  • 110,000 bottles of Dasani water, Powerade, and soda provided by Coca-Cola.
  • 47,000 pounds of ice used.
  • 20,000 meals served.
  • 300 athletes and coaches wrapped tefillin daily.

As the Games came to a close, the resounding message was one of unity, inclusivity, and the power of community. The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will be remembered not only for the athletic achievements but also for the lasting friendships, cultural exchanges, and shared experiences that will continue to enrich the lives of all those who participated.

For more information about the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access and how you can support future events, please visit

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