Creating a More
Equitable Future

For our children goes
beyond the hotspot

The COVID-19 Pandemic
Has Widened the Digital Divide

Learn How the San Diego Region Can Support Equitable Distance Learning

Why We Must Act Now to Reduce Academic Inequities

In San Diego County 100,000 students do not have basic access to the Internet

The average student could fall behind seven months academically

The loss could be as much as 10 months for Black children and nine months for Latinx children

Some Districts have reported up to 40% of their student populations lack connectivity access

Connectivity is needed, but so is a wider network of support

email address iconA quarter of parents who identify as Spanish speakers do not have email addresses

distance learning iconA third of parents found distance learning instructions confusing or inaccessible

Families are struggling with balancing childcare needs*

Pandemic-related unemployment is creating additional economic strains

Community Organizations Are Mobilizing

Since May 2020, a county-wide group of school districts, education experts, non-profit organizations, and community leaders joined to form an Equitable Distance Learning Taskforce. The Taskforce is initiated and led by the Classroom of the Future Foundation and San Diego for Every Child, in conjunction with the San Diego County Office of Education.

Mapping Out An Equitable Approach To Education

The goal of the Equitable Distance Learning Taskforce is to regionally prioritize both technological and non-technological needs of school-age students and their families across our community. The Taskforce aligned data and research to map out the distance learning impacts of COVID – and identifies solutions.

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The Taskforce’s Key Findings

Think beyond the hotspot

The majority of San Diego County families have at least one device in the home. But that device is not always suitable for distance learning, it may have to be shared across multiple family members or housemates, and connectivity can be spotty and unreliable at best.

Students and their families require connectivity long-term, such as:

website devices iconAppropriate devices

broadband internet iconBroadband connection in the home

power packs iconPower packs for device charging

Parental/Caregiver Supports

Parents want to support their children’s academic progress. Empowering parents in this role during remote learning requires consistent, culturally, and linguistically appropriate communication and shared understanding of the expectations for children and for families.

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Increased digital literacyIncreased digital literacy

Quality child care supportsQuality child care supports

Coordination with Community-Based Groups/Before and After-School Providers

Community-based organizations and Out-of-School Time providers have expertise in learning-based programming, working with families, and using that information to direct support where it’s needed most. We can expand their capacity to:

  • Build parent capacity
  • Support student tutoring
  • Extend before & after school programs

All students deserve safe, supportive learning environments

Students are navigating a months-long stint of isolation, uncertainty, and disruption to their learning and social routines, all factors which can increase risk for poor mental health outcomes.

Ways to address this include investing in:

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Social emotional learning supports for studentsSocial emotional learning supports for students

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This is just a sampling of what can be done. What can you do to help?

Read the White Paper

“Beyond the Hotspot,” a white paper developed by the Equitable Distance Learning Taskforce, provides a thoughtful analysis of COVID-19’s disproportionate impact across San Diego County. Recommended approaches are outlined for addressing distance learning through an equity lens.

Donor Brochure

If you are interested in investing in solutions, our Contributor Brochure provides a chart with identified areas of need and investment estimates.

More Information

We need you! Contact us for updates and more information. Learn how you can connect your resources to organizations doing meaningful work to minimize learning loss in the community of your choice.

Contact: erin@sandiegoforeverychild.org or (619) 431-0370

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*U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/sites/default/files/media-uploads/EarlyEd_Minis_Report1_FINAL_081120_appndx%20%28002%29.pdf
All other data points are documented in the “Beyond the Hotspot,” a white paper developed by the Equitable Distance Learning Taskforce.