Programs offer support — and a place to study — for students learning online during the pandemic


Due to the pandemic, several school districts will not have face-to-face classes at the beginning of the school year. The return to face-to-face classes, in many cases, will depend on the number of COVID-19 infections in North Texas.

This is a source of stress and concern for many parents, many of them essential workers who do not have the option of staying home with their children.

Some organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth offer face-to-face programs, including after-school help, homework help, and all-day support programs for students taking classes virtual

Here are some places that are offering in-person programs this fall.

With the changing situation of the pandemic, some details may change. Please contact these locations directly for the most up-to-date information.

Northwest Community Center

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The Northwest Community Center, located in Vickery Meadow and operating below the Northwest Church, offers homework help for students in first through fifth grade. This center primarily serves refugee children living in ZIP codes 75231 and 75243.

The homework help program is available Monday through Thursday, with two sessions: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It also offers other programs for children, including Bible studies and games, although details for these programs are still being finalized.

It is mandatory for everyone, including employees and students, to wear masks while inside the center. In addition, everyone receives a temperature check and must follow social distancing rules. Classes are cleaned after each session.

This service is free and you do not have to become a member of the community center.

5750 Pineland Dr, Dallas

214-396-6517

nccrefugees.org

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club offers after-school programs at many of its locations this fall, at various dates and times.

Sites that are part of the Dallas district will begin their after-school programs on Oct. 6; Uplift will begin on Oct. 5; KIPP will begin on Oct. 12; and the districts of Corsicana, Grand Prairie, Mesquite and Richardson kick off on Sept. 8.

The hours programs located within schools will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Traditional sites will be open until 7 p.m.

In Oak Cliff, West Dallas and East Dallas, the Boys and Girls Club will be open all day so that students have a space to complete their classes online. They will also offer them food.

This option will be available from Monday to Friday, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 2.

Health protocols include temperature checks before entering the establishments; antibacterial gel stations, frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces; and parents must pick up and drop off their children from outside the establishment. Parents who are interested in these services can apply for membership online for $20.

Multiple locations

bgcdallas.org

YMCA Learning Academy

The Learning Academy at the YMCA offers programs for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade who are taking their classes virtually. Through its website, this program includes a certified teacher who can help students for part of the day; two plates of food; small groups; and breaks during the day.

Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The safety protocols include a capacity of 15 students per class; temperature checks before entering buildings; health medical exams; mask use requirement; daily class cleanings; and more.

This program is being offered at eight YMCA sites throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. The price for services depends on each location, but ranges from $45 per day to $200 per week. For more information, you can call Becky Pérez at 469-348-9622.

Multiple locations

ymcadallas.org

Aaron Family Jewish Community Center

The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, located in North Dallas, offers educational programs for young children and students of all faiths.

The toddler program covers children ages one to five, and is open at 7:45 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., although parents also have the option of choosing a part-time schedule, until 12:45 p.m.

To enroll your child in this program, you must become a member of the community center. In addition, this center offers support for students who are taking classes virtually.

The children, in kindergarten through eighth grade, are separated into classrooms, which they call “pods.” The hours of this program are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Safety protocols include frequent cleaning, health checks, and for now, parents are not allowed in the building.

The school’s student support program costs $425 weekly for members and $535 for non-members. It also offers after-school care, between 3 and 5:45 p.m. The cost starts at $100 per week for members and $125 for non-members.

7900 Northaven Road Dallas

214-739-2737

jccdallas.org

Girls Inc.

Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to support and empower girls as they grow, will offer programs in-person and virtually this fall. After-school programs will run Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its two locations in Dallas.

Parents have the option of taking their girls for two, three or five days a week. Safety protocols include having only 10 girls in each classroom; parents will pick them up and drop them off outside the building; masks must be on at all times (except when eating), and spaces are cleaned frequently. The fees to participate in this program are $10 per month.

  • 2040 Empire Central Drive, Dallas
  • 4411 Meadow St., Dallas

girlsinc.org

The Little Gym

Many Dallas-Fort Worth locations of Little Gym, a learning place for young children, are offering camps and in-person programs this fall, including Mockingbird Lane, Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas; and also in the cities of Plano, Rockwall, and Keller. North Fort Worth and Southwest Fort Worth are also offering programs.

Each location has its own hours, age requirements (programs are for children ages 3 to 10) and prices. For example, the Mockingbird Lane location starts at $49.50 a day for members, and $61.50 a day for people who are not members.

At Keller, the price is $35 and $40 for non-members. Membership costs $40 a year. Each program generally lasts two to three hours. And some locations will only offer this program until Oct. 1, while others, like the one in Plano, will have this program beginning Sept. 10 and will last for the entire school year.

Some safety protocols include mask use for adults, cleaning, social distancing, and capacity limitations in each class.

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