Updates & Announcements
Our top priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and families. Given the current situation and direction set by the local schools, The Maren Fund has decided to suspend all in-person classes through the end of the school year.
Even though classes have stalled, our commitment to your child's learning has not. We are working harder than ever to make the transition to home-based education as smooth as possible. During this time, our priority is to support our families and act as a resource for materials, information, and tips on keeping students engaged and learning while at home.
We are continuing to produce and distribute take-home materials to our students to supplement missed classes with additional activities. Students enrolled in Early Childhood, Learning Program, After School Academy, and Club 21 will continue to receive take-home materials so they can practice their skills at home.
Our staff works on developing e-learning components for each of our classes and additional online resources for our families, including the following.
We are working with our partner organization, the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, to roll out online classes for our Learning Program.
We are offering virtual tutoring for elementary and middle school students at a discounted rate.
For classes that include a parent education component, our staff will record lectures at home and circulate for parents to watch on their own time.
We are in the process of organizing virtual game sessions for our older students, using Zoom.
Our Maren Fund Interns are providing videos of themselves reading books, which will act as a "read-along" resource for younger students. This resource allows our interns to continue fulfilling their intern duties while also providing a learning resource for our younger students.
Registration is currently open for our two summer programs: Back-To-School Boot Camp for elementary school students and "More-Than-A Book Club" for middle and high school students. Also, we are considering adding additional summer programs to make up for lost time this spring, assuming we will be able to resume in-person operations.
Assistance and guidance
We are circulating information to parents on our preferred educational resources and best practices for turning their home into a fun learning environment. Additionally, our staff has made themselves available as a resource to our parents, providing direction, and answering any questions.
Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for our students and families. As news and information regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to evolve, so does our response to the situation. This page will continue to be updated as new information is available.