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Summer Resources for Parents and Kids from Univision’s Despierta America

Featuring four Spanish-language webinars aimed at keeping kids entertained and learning during a COVID-19 summer

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The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically disrupted student learning throughout the United States. With a rapid transition to remote learning, parents were forced to become educators overnight — leaving them overwhelmed and, in some cases, distressingly disconnected from school and district guidance. These challenges were particularly stark for low-income children and students of color, including Hispanic families who in some cases faced additional barriers as they struggled to find reliable resources in Spanish. 

As part of its longstanding commitment to bridging the gap between home and school, Carnegie Corporation of New York partnered with Univision, the country's largest provider of Spanish-language content, reaching more than 80 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population. With support from the Corporation, during the month of June, Univision produced and aired four weekly segments on their social media, radio, and top-rated national morning show, Despierta America (Wake Up America), which reaches 2 million households. Each segment featured Education Program grantees sharing their expertise and resources to help students keep learning. Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions in Facebook live segments following the newscast.

Watch the segments (in Spanish)


June 30: Simple Tips to Create a Learning Plan and Motivate Kids This Summer

Alejandro Gibes de Gac, founder and CEO of Springboard Collaborative, an organization that coaches educators and family members to help kids learn to read by the fourth grade, explains how devoting just 15 minutes a day to reading can make a big difference in children’s learning. 

Read the article.

June 23: Five Tips to Help Kids Find Balance Between Virtual and Real Life 

María Álvarez, vice president of Common Sense Latino, a program from the Common Sense Media organization that provides education around technology and media safety for children, advises parents on how to give their kids some wiggle room when it comes to the time they spend online while also encouraging them to be active and engaged offline.

Read the article.

June 16: Six Tips That Will Help Kids Transition From High School to College

Nicole Ramos, an advisor with the New York University College Advising Corps, explains ways to help teens stay on track and manage the transition from high school to college during the time of COVID-19.

Read the article.

June 9: Digital Resources to Help Make Summer Learning Fun

Windy Lopez-Aflitto, vice president of content and alliances for Learning Heroes, a digital platform that helps support learning at home, points out some fun, free tools parents and kids can use to stay engaged and learning this summer.

Read the article.