Shelter-in-place orders continue for most of the San Francisco Bay Area, but essential workers are still on the frontlines in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Doctors, nurses, care workers, grocery store workers — these are the unsung heroes of the current pandemic. While many schools in the Bay Area have closed their doors for the foreseeable future, essential workers can still benefit from childcare services at some immersion preschools, where children cultivate Spanish fluency in a traditional classroom environment.
Here are some of the reasons why essential workers should enroll their children in a full- or part-time Spanish immersion program:
There are many benefits of virtual learning, but preschoolers often prosper in a traditional classroom environment, where they can engage with other children. “When schools are closed, children lose a crucial social outlet,” says the New York Times.
The best Spanish immersion schools in the Bay Area respect social distancing and other preventive measures endorsed by public health officials to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, children can interact with each other in a safe, social environment. This provides parents with peace of mind during this unprecedented time.
Improve Learning Outcomes
Research shows that students of all ages could experience learning loss as a result of shut schools and shelter-in-place orders. It might take children months — or even longer — to catch up on the education they have missed.
Some schools have switched to remote learning. The problem is, not all essential workers have access to high-speed internet or learning materials at home. Language immersion, in particular, relies on students absorbing themselves in a second language, and it’s difficult to do this outside of a classroom setting.
Few Childcare Options
Since the government issued shelter-in-place orders in March, hundreds of home daycare centers and preschools in the Bay Area have closed their doors — and many of them are unlikely to open again. Some child care programs have experienced a significant drop in income so they are shutting for good, leaving essential workers without the vital child care services they desperately need.
KSS Immersion Schools, however, welcomes the children of essential workers. With locations in Albany, Oakland, San Jose, and Walnut Creek, preschoolers can improve learning outcomes and engage with other children in a safe, social distancing-compliant space while their parents help the community.
Searching for a San Francisco Bay Area language immersion preschool? Learn more about childcare for essential workers here!