Families Forward is currently implementing a safe and effective learning environment for the 2020-2021 school year. Our first priority is to reduce virus transmission rates and protect the health and safety of students and staff.
Just over one third of preschoolers receive in-person instruction, while all Early Head Start 0-3-year-olds, along with remaining preschoolers participate in distance learning. Two-Generation Learning and Family Mental Health and Wellbeing components continue to be delivered virtually.
Teachers communicate with distance learners (both children and parents) daily via the Learning Genie app. Just as those onsite receive meals and snacks each day, we provide each family with a week’s worth of meals and snacks for their child. Learning kits are also provided, ensuring each child has all the supplies they need to complete lessons and activities. Tablets have been distributed to all remote learners and, when families are unable to pay for internet access, Families Forward supplies them with a hotspot.
We believe this hybrid model gets the current California health protocols right, and is optimal for learning in the COVID-19 crisis.
For questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, call the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626.744.7311, or visit Pasadena’s COVID-19 website. Effective immediately, California parents and legal guardians can schedule appointments for young people in their families aged 12+ to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine using the statewide booking system. Families can visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at toll free 833.422.4255 to make an appointment.