School Age and Educational Resources
Make back-to-school a success! This fall is shaping up to be anything but normal. With distance learning, split schedules, and day-cares closing, your needs are likely changing fast. Parents and caregivers are scrambling to find care so they can work and are worried about kids falling behind academically. Whatever your back-to-school plan looks like, Care@Work has resources to help. Eligible employees have access to a free Care.com Premium Membership, Backup Care, Expert Assistance, and Nanny Share. Learn more about the benefits available to you here.
Care@Work: Making Distance Learning Work
Is the kitchen table your child’s new classroom? This Fall, back-to-school is anything but normal. Distance learning is becoming the norm which is a huge adjustment for everyone. Devorah Heitner, PhD, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, shares practical advice and tips for how you can help your kids succeed in this new digital classroom. She’also discusses how parents can make this all a little easier on ourselves, too.
Watch Recorded session from September 15th
Komae is a cooperative child care app that provides a flexible child care management option. Komae enables parents to identify and vet families with similar parenting styles and COVID-19 protocol practice to build their pod for shared childcare and education. Be sure to check out their website and this user guide. To get started, download the app, create your account and join the Hopkins group.
MD COVIDsitters is a voluntary initiative, organized by medical students and other volunteers. Their mission is to support local healthcare workers and other essential workers with urgent household needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. They take care of your family’s needs, so that you can give your full focus to the COVID-19 response. Caregivers can provide childcare services (babysitting and/or tutoring for children of all ages), pet-sitting, as well as assisting with grocery shopping, light housekeeping, errands, and more.
Eligible users include any healthcare worker or essential worker, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, hospital cleaning crews, administrative staff, lab technicians, cafeteria workers, paramedics, grocery store workers, fire fighters, police officers, and food industry workers.
MD COVIDsitters is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by any academic institution.
Additionally, there are options in the Baltimore area for in-person school age care.
Y Academic Support Centers are available in over 20 schools and some Y centers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, including at the Henderson Hopkins school on the medical campus in East Baltimore. Parents can confidently drop their children off at a location so they can logon and participate in their school’s virtual learning program and receive in-person academic support from Y associates specially trained in virtual learning support, many directly trained by your child’s school system — all while parents work and get their jobs done.
Key program details include:
- Students ages 5-12
- Monday-Friday: weekly sessions or single full days; full-day 7am-6pm, half-day 7am-12pm or 1-6pm
- Students must wear a mask and bring their laptop, headphones, school supplies, a water bottle, and lunch (if needed)
- Wi-fi will be provided at every location to support video chats and other online learning needs
- Students will be in small groups of 10-12 in quiet spaces for study and remote learning time
Coppermine is offering enrichment programs this fall as the upcoming school year moves to remote learning. Beginning Tuesday, September 8th, Coppermine will be offering: Daily Remote Enrichment at Coppermine, All-Star Sports Recess Enrichment Program, and Coppermine After-Care Shuttle Services.
- Daily supervised hours for online learning & homework times for those students that request this service (Coppermine is strictly a support provider. We are not an educational institution. Students must provide their own tablets, devices, and laptops.)
- Educational support offered at all enrichment locations
- Pre-K is offered for half-day mornings only and children must be 4 September 1st
- 14-to-1 student to instructor ration based on grade level with smaller group sizing and adherence to social distancing
- Locations include: Coppermine Fieldhouse (Falls Road), Coppermine Sports Center (Mt. Washington), and Coppermine Duburns (Canton) with enhanced facility cleanings and sanitizing
- Coppermine is partnering with several local schools to provide scholarship opportunities for those students that may need assistance
Additional information, schedules, pricing, and registration links can be found on their website.
Please note: Johns Hopkins does not endorse these companies, their services, nor any care arranged. This information is shared in our effort to provide information useful to our community.
- Welcome to your school away from school. Conquer the school year with free live online classes, personalized 1-on-1 tutoring, and complete learning-at-home solutions with Varsity Tutors. Hopkins employees receive a 20% discount on expert live instruction for students of all ages. Learn more about the tools and resources available to you here.
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- eLearning Aides: Connecting online using a Zoom format, eLearning Aides know how to make learning fun through a computer screen. They can help keep your children organized with their school work and on task with their daily assignments, all while building smiles and giggles into the process. This service is best for kids ages 5 and up; recommended session times of 1-2 hours (maximum of 4 hours).
- Private Educators: In-home care providers who possess a strong teaching background and can provide an advanced level of academic support, structure, and consistency to your child’s school year. Many are current or past teachers, tutors, and/or professional nannies, all with a college degree. They can be hired on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary Private Educators are available for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Families who are interested, can share a Private Educator or create a learning pod (two family maximum).
- Center for Talented Youth: Johns Hopkins CTY is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. In addition to their online offerings, CTY has compiled a list of 100 free at-home learning resources and activities for kids of all ages.
- Johns Hopkins School of Education: as a leader in evidence-based educational policy and practice, the Johns Hopkins School of Education is on the front lines shaping how our profession responds to the challenges. This site is a trove of timely and relevant research, expertise, guidance, and resources to help families, teachers, and district leaders emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.
- IDEALS Institute: the Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS) at the Johns Hopkins School of Education is committed to ensuring everyone has lifelong access to high-quality care and education. The IDEALS staff have compiled a number of resources that they have found personally useful in support children, families, and caregivers during this challenging time.
Please note: Johns Hopkins does not endorse the following resources, their services, nor any care arranged. This information is shared in our effort to provide information useful to our community.
- Khan Academy: Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice
- Mental Health America’s Back to School 2020 Toolkit
- Care.Com’s Back to School Resource Guide for Parents & Caregivers
- Photomath App: Scan. Solve. Learn.
- Pupil Pod: Virtual or Face-to-Face Synchronous Learning
- Tinkergarten: Where Kids Learn Through Play
- Wyzant: Tutoring Services ($50 credit available through LifeMart)