Aprende Mas is a first-of-its-kind Spanish-language resource to allow parents to help children engage in learning
Wilmington, Del. – Today, DelawareCAN: The Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now released a new tool to help Spanish-speaking families navigate distance learning.
The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives of all Delawareans and changed the way we engage in learning and educating our students. As a result of the pandemic, many schools have moved to online or hybrid learning models.
Aprende Mas, meaning “learn more,” is an initiative started with the support of Barclay’s Bank and with the help of the Delaware Department of Education.
The Aprende Mas website – www.AprendeMasDE.com – will allow parents and caregivers to actively participate and ensure their child is receiving a quality education while their child is out of in-person school.
Research suggests that Hispanic children are falling six to 12 months behind because of the pandemic. This means our learners will need more intensive intervention. Aprende Mas will include online academic resources, resources for family supports and the latest information on Covid-19 and State of Delaware education restrictions.
Website users will be able to search for grade-appropriate resources in subjects ranging from social sciences and arts to mathematics and science.
Erika Gutierrez, DelawareCAN Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator:
“DelawareCAN understands the needs of parents at this crucial time and we don’t hesitate to find innovative ways to support these needs. Aprende Mas is a space for Spanish-speaking parents with children learning at home where they can feel understood, find clear information and can ask questions without feeling uncomfortable from not knowing how to ask for help. Parents can learn how to advocate for their children and have a space to grow along with their students.”
Maria Paxson, Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education:
“The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging experience for all families. For our families who speak a language other than English, navigating the educational processes can be an even greater challenge. The Spanish language resources and tools provided on the Aprende Mas website can help our students and families access additional support and information regarding community resources in one place. Working in collaboration with DelawareCAN and our community organizations is essential as we strive to ensure that all families have equitable access to educational resources.”
Chantalle Ashford, DelawareCAN advisor board member and Indian River educator:
“During this challenging time of distance learning, it is important to support our families who have become even more essential to our students’ success. Aprende Mas will help our Spanish-speaking families and students overcome barriers that distance learning creates.”
The website, made in partnership with First Ascent Design, will continue to be updated to ensure we continue to share high-quality educational materials and information. DelawareCAN is also adding more partners to the website.
About DelawareCAN: Launched in 2017, DelawareCAN: The Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit organization that empowers, mobilizes and collaborates with everyday Delawareans to advocate for a high-quality education system. Learn more at www.delawarecan.org.