American College of Education Partners with The Kids In Need Foundation

Apr 26 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – American College of Education (ACE), a regionally accredited online graduate institution dedicated to providing affordable programs for educators, recently announced a partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), an organization dedicated to providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. With the addition of this nonprofit partnership, ACE now helps impact over 4 million students nationwide.

Last year alone, The Kids In Need Foundation helped 200,000 teachers and 5.4 million students in some of the most challenged communities in the country. According to the 2015 Kids In Need Foundation School Supply Impact Survey of more than 11,000 teachers nationwide in low-income communities, when kids have new school supplies of their own, grades, classroom behavior, and engagement improve, self-esteem increases and attitudes toward school and learning are strengthened.

ACE recognized a common goal of helping teachers help students and initiated a relationship with the organization in 2017.

"I look forward to our partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation,” said Monica Carson, Senior VP of Enrollment Operations at ACE. “In under-served communities around the nation, we know teachers often take on the burden of purchasing school supplies for their students when they can't afford them. By providing students with supplies, we are helping to alleviate a stressor for teachers -- an undertaking in line with our own mission."

In 2017, ACE will invest up to $20,000 in its partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation. The college will serve as a founding partner of the Kids In Need Supply Boxes, which will provide supplies to over 2,000 students in grades K-12 across the country.

“We are grateful to American College of Education, an organization that understands the value of learning, for their donation to our mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed,” said Dave Smith, executive director of Kids in Need Foundation. “Access to school supplies contributes to not only academic success, but also success outside of the classroom. Support for students in need of supplies can help kids develop strong self-esteem and a passion for accomplishment.”

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About American College of Education

Founded in the digital age, American College of Education delivers affordable, online graduate degree programs and professional development programs for educators across the U.S. A certified B Corporation and Benefit Corporation, American College of Education is dedicated to the belief that educators should have the opportunity to receive advanced degrees affordably, without having to incur substantial debt. American College of Education offers opportunities for students to earn degrees from a regionally accredited college that expand their knowledge and aid in the acquisition of new skills and methods from a highly credentialed and experienced faculty. ACE is also ranked among the 2017 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at The Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $900 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed

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