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Aprender y Crecer is a program dedicated to supporting public education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 2006, Aprender y Crecer's mission has been to provide educational materials to students in public schools to inspire both teachers and parents to improve children's educational experiences.


Aprender y Crecer, with the support and contributions of PriceSmart and its Members, donates a package of school supplies to each participating student, literature collections for school libraries, school supplies, equipment and professional development for teachers. Aprender y Crecer also offers parent training designed to promote reading at home. The program also provides cleaning supplies for use in schools. In return, these schools develop and implement a continuous improvement plan to encourage reading and improve students' overall learning skills.

Since 2006, the program has provided more than 1,000,000 school supply packages to participating students. One of the main goals of Aprender y Crecer is to promote reading, both in the classroom and at home. Since its inception, more than 1.8 million books have been given to students, as well as 282,000 books donated to school libraries.


Since 2007, the Aprender y Crecer fundraising campaign has raised more than $16 million in donations from PriceSmart partners and more than $6.5 million in matching funds from Price Philanthropies.

Aprender y Crecer continues to grow in the region and currently benefits approximately 135,000 students and 6,700 teachers in 253 public schools in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

Click here for details of the latest Juntos por la Educación campaign. You can follow Aprender y Crecer on Facebook and Instagram.