Throughout the transition to in-person learning, many families, especially families of color, have chosen to stay remote. Some of those families have made use of learning pods operated by community centers partnering with Boston After School and Beyond. BASB has offered learning pods for remote learners from elementary school to college, and now is prepping for a crucial summer.
Chris Smith, CEO of BASB, said community centers have built up a lot of trust with their surrounding neighborhoods, so when the pandemic upended the learning model, they were ready to assist in whatever way families needed. Young students needed a place to do online classes, college students needed technical support, and high schoolers needed the enrichment they won’t get at school because of COVID-19 protocols.
“Some of them set up full-day, in-person pods where kids could go physically, in the case they didn’t have child care at home or
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