Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington reports it isn’t letting COVID-19 shut down its in-school tutoring START program – they’ve just put it online.
The agency reports that the program – which provides qualified paid tutors to help the kids we serve with in-school tutoring – was in the second year of its two-year pilot and had been receiving positive reviews when the schools closed in March.
Following the closures, START went online, with tutors using video chat to contact students and their parents and caregivers directly. A “PenPal” system was also created, where START funds were used to send school readiness packages to the homes that needed them, including writing materials, paper and more.
“It is well-documented that children and youth receiving services from a Children’s Aid Society or other equivalent agency have more academic problems in schools than their peers.,” states the organization in a release. “The program paid for in-class tutoring for children receiving services delivered in local schools. Tutors worked one-on-one with students in elementary, middle and high schools in both the Public and Catholic school systems.”
The START program is funded by charitable donations from the United Way KFLA, the City of Kingston, the Anna & Edward Churchill Foundation, the Davies Foundation, the William James Henderson Foundation and others.