As California K-12 students return to face-to-face learning this fall, many educators and families are concerned about student progress in the classroom. A recent study of the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California found that 83% of parents in the state’s public schools say children are falling behind academically during the pandemic.
Students may need additional tutoring, but the cost of tutoring is out of reach for many families. Fortunately, free tutoring is available for Bay Area students.
Check your school
The easiest place to find free lessons for your child might be their school. Many schools have partnerships and programs available for children in need. However, these services often need to be initiated by a teacher, so contact your child’s teacher to find out about the options.
In the Oakland Unified School District, the nonprofit Oakland Public Education Fund offers free, weekly, one-on-one tutoring. Families can ask teachers to nominate a student for this program. To learn more about this program or to become a volunteer, visit Oaklandedfund.org.
Check your library
Free online tutoring
Oakland Public Library Director Jamie Turbak highlighted two online resources:
- Pandemic teachers: A non-profit organization started by UC Berkeley graduates in 2020. It pairs volunteers with students for free online tutoring.
- Khan Academy: A non-profit organization based in the Bay Area. It offers free instructional videos and exercises for a variety of students from Kindergarten to AP Calculus.
Local non-profit organizations
Nonprofits near you can also offer assistance to K-12 students and parents. The Oakland Children Rising nonprofit, for example, started offer free online lessons in reading and math for Oakland students.
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