Houston Resources for Distance Learning, Low-Income Families and Discounted or Free Internet and Laptops
During COVID-19, many families in Houston are in need of assistance with child care, internet service, laptops, and virtual learning. These are organizations in Houston that can help.
Devices for Distance Learning, Free or Refurbished
There are several organizations in Houston that provide devices for distance learning. In some cases, you may need to go through an application process and the waitlist may take some time.
Families can also save money buying a refurbished laptop or computer from local stores, here are some of these organizations:
Day Camps and Learning Centers
In cases where parents are not able to stay home with their children during the school day, there are organizations throughout the city that provide virtual learning settings for kids. This idea was developed as a way to help parents who have to work and can’t stay home with their children while they attend virtual classes. Many of these centers are set up to help children learn through their schools’ virtual learning program while being supervised, in many cases, by certified teachers.
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston
- YMCA of Greater Houston
- New Territory – Parks and Recreation
- Kids R Kids
- Language Kids
- SMART Core Labs
- H-Town Elite Gymnastics
- Samson Home School Academy
- Sanctuary of Learning, United Methodist Church
Internet Hot Spots
Some families have access to devices but not enough internet speed to support all family members to stay connected at the same time. Others live in rural areas beyond the reach of broadband internet.
- WiFi Map
- Houston Public Library – Mobile Hotspots
- A Complete Guide to Internet Service During Coronavirus Pandemic
- Project 10Million (T-Mobile)
- Digital Access Program (Harris County)
Small, local shops are also making their wi-fi accessible to students. One such location is Shipley’s Do-Nuts in Southwest Houston, where the owner converted part of the store into space for students to have safe and free access to Wi-Fi and laptops. The owner also allows students to remain in their vehicles and connect to the store’s wi-fi from the parking lot if they so choose.