Pods in Action

Neighborhood North

Published in: Center on Reinventing Public Education website (2022)

Posted on RAND.org on July 01, 2022

by Elizabeth D. Steiner, Heather Gomez-Bendaña

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Neighborhood North, a play-oriented community museum in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, had just opened when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and schools closed. The museum's mission is to increase educational equity in the community. According to Neighborhood North staff, many students did not have access to Internet connections or computers necessary for online learning and were home alone because their essential-worker parents did not have access to childcare.

Neighborhood North leaders immediately saw a need to support students at risk of falling behind in school with academic learning and social and emotional development and support families by providing childcare.

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