Philadelphia Community Stakeholders Learning Pods and Parent Resource Center

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The Philadelphia Community Stakeholders (PCS), a network of Black community leaders, business leaders, union leaders, elected officials, and concerned citizens convened a group of experienced educators to develop a community-led education recovery plan that adds a "web of support" around Philadelphia's Black children impacted by the extended closure of schools.

Philadelphia's Black children were in an educational crisis before the global pandemic began. Two-thirds of Philadelphia elementary and middle grade students were below grade level in reading and two-thirds of Philadelphia students lacked internet access. COVID-19 made the crisis bigger and deeper. Children lost hundreds of hours of learning time. For Black students, the learning loss may equal 10 months. There has also been an enormous increase in the level of stress and anxiety that children, and families, are under due to the global pandemic and gun violence that has a increased in predominantly Black neighborhoods throughout the City of Philadelphia.

The PCS Learning Pod and Parent Resource Center will provide:

  • Instructional support for virtual learning.
  • Supplemental lessons and activities to close learning gaps by experienced instructors.
  • Effective and engaging use of technology.
  • Parent Help Desk & Referral Service.
  • Mental and behavioral health counseling – by appointment.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the program's About Us page.

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