Tablets will help bridge digital divide for children, while early-learning centers remain closed
WHAT: Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) is delivering 638 tablet computers to the young (3-to-5-year-old) students in its early childhood education programs.
With all APM early learning centers currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will be able to use the tablets, which are equipped with educational programs,
to continue learning from the safety of their homes.
Concerns over accessibility and equity are growing, as schools turn to online learning methods amid the crisis. APM students will continue their early childhood education via programs on the tablets. This further helps to bridge the digital divide that is often felt in low-income communities.
APM staff will be delivering the tablets to the children and their families, prioritizing students who will be entering kindergarten soon. The plan is to distribute the tablets
using an approach similar to Amazon and Grubhub by texting families before delivery and taking a photo of the package on each porch.
Funds for the tablets were provided by TruMark Financial Credit Union. T-Mobile is also providing each student with free internet for the first six months.
WHO: Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)
WHEN: Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m. Cameras and others can accompany APM staff as they deliver the tablets (keeping a six-foot distance)
WHERE: Rising Sun, 4221 North 2nd St., 19140
CONTACT: Barbara Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-246-9167 (cell)
Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for residents in the Greater Philadelphia Area through direct services and outreach. We offer a full spectrum of bilingual and culturally sensitive social services related to education, health, human services and community and
For more information, visit https://apmphila.org/ and follow the hashtag #APMTurns50 and @APMForEveryone on Twitter and Instagram.