Upbring Head Start Launches Virtual Classrooms During COVID-19 Pandemic

4/2/20 School closures in over 160 countries have separated a staggering 87 percent of the world?s student population from their peers and teachers due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To combat the issue and best serve our families, Upbring Head Start programs in South Fort Worth and South Houston launched a virtual learning program.

More than 950 students in Upbring’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs will have access to morning group lessons and individualized afternoon lessons in subjects where the student needs assistance through the technology platform Zoom. The simplicity and features of Zoom allow educators to communicate with families easily, offer educational support for children and give parents a break.

Upbring Head Start teachers are continuing with The Creative Curriculum?, where children are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they’re familiar with in their everyday lives. Children find opportunities for rigorous skill development like counting, measurement and language comprehension while also developing positive relationships, gross-motor skills and problem-solving abilities.

Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with children in K-12 who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

For more free resources, including information about School District Meal Distribution, Texas Students Meal Finder or Education Resources for parents, please visit our website at Upbring/org/HeadStart.

Upbring Head Start Preschool continues to monitor reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Local Independent School District (ISDs), Office of Head Start (OHS), and State Regulation websites to ensure a safe environment for our students, staff, families and community. For the latest information on Upbring’s response to COVID-19, please continue to check our website for updated information along with emails, text and Remind notices. Our schools will be closed until further notice.

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