Dear Parent -
I can relate. My wife and I have four kids under ten. We both work. And now our kids are home… indefinitely. It's daunting, and that's without looking at the big picture, which is equal parts scary and tragic.
If you're like us there was a period of shock and awe when it hit home that school was closing. Then there was a rally – "OK, we can do this. We'll set up a schedule for them each day and we'll keep things really structured." And the first day was tough, but the second seemed OK, and then by day four the wheels started to come off the bus because this is really, really hard. Emotionally it's hard. Logistically and just from a sheer workload perspective it's hard.
If any of this resonates with you, I think we can help get some degree of normalcy and routine back into your family life. And in the process, we can help fill the academic void that emerged when schools shut down or tried to move online.
Here's what we're offering - it's easiest to describe it in the context of my fourth grade daughter:
- We've reached out to two of her closest friends from school.
- Starting next week they'll each begin working from home with one of our online tutors.
- They'll work 3:1 with that tutor for either 2 or 3 hours per day, for three days a week. (You could do more or less, it's up to you. We just need to have a regular weekly schedule to make logistics work for everyone.)
- In those sessions they'll work on core academic subjects: math, reading, and writing. If they have work sent home from school, they can also tackle that together with their friends and the instructor.
- We're also working to quickly set up Spanish language instruction for kids who would be interested in learning a new language, and we're using our education network to do so with native speakers/teachers from Spain.
- The instructor will work very hard to keep it fun and engaging. The social aspect of doing this with her friends will help a lot, and the instructor will also incorporate games, contests, and humorous writing prompts.
The catalyst for this is my own need as a working parent whose world is in disarray, combined with a unique capability at the company that I’ve been running for the last 20 years. We've worked with 40,000 students since 1999, and since we launched online tutoring a decade ago we've delivered 16,000 online programs using our custom developed online tutoring platform. That amounts to almost a half million hours of online instruction. We're a leader in this field, and we're uniquely positioned to help with a need that my family, and perhaps yours, has for the rest of this school year and potentially into this summer.
If this is going to work for your family and really make an impact on your childcare workload at home, it needs to be cost-effective. We're pricing it at roughly the same cost per hour as a good summer camp - so your child can work with the tutor for $20/hour. That means if your child works with the tutor for three hours a day for three days a week, it would be $180 per week. At that rate we can make the economics viable for us, and also for your family.
If you are interested in learning more, you can get in line by registering below. The program is available to students in grades 1-6. There is no commitment until a member of our staff has talked through the details and confirmed that you’re ready to move forward.
We're all in this together, and we're happy to help if we can. Hang in there, and let us know any and all thoughts or feedback that you have!
All the best,