Online and on-site: Resources to support virtual learning inside the Loop

Parents returning to work can drop off students at virtual learning centers with supervisors to assist in online classes. Some after school enrichment centers have also adapted to offer virtual and in-person support.

Drop-in learning centers

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston: In the expanded Blue Labs program, students can receive supervised daytime remote instruction and after-school programming. The centers adhere to federal guidelines with mask requirements, temperature checks and frequent hand-washing.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 registration

Heights: 1520 Airline Drive, Houston


YMCA: Select YMCA locations are offering classroom space. Counselors and certified teachers are on hand in a 1-9 teacher-student ratio to assist. Students follow a schedule with a morning virtual learning session, afternoon academic enrichment and after-school care if needed. Full- and half-day options are available, separated by a lunch break.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 3-6 p.m.

Cost: $35 per child per day (morning), $20 per child per day (afternoon), $15 per child per day (after care), $60 per child per day (full day)

7101 Stella Link Road, Houston


Huntington Learning Center: Students can participate in online tutoring sessions or work on their virtual learning curriculum in person at the Huntington Learning Center. Teachers proctor students through schoolwork. Kindergarten through third-grade students have a ratio of two students to one teacher, and fourth grade and up have six students to one teacher. Students bring their own school supplies.

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat.

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: varies

5307 N. Main St., Houston; 281-180-6002

2726 Bissonnet St., Ste. 300, Houston; 832-834-4755

Zenith Learning: After-school programming providers Zenith Learning and Future Stars of Houston are teaming up to offer learning pods. Zenith provides teachers, supplies and facilitation at the Future Stars of Houston site on North Shepherd Drive. Parents can sign up on an as-needed, hourly basis with extended care options available as well.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per hour (first child), $12 per hour (additional children)

707 N. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 200, Houston


Enrichment programs

Kumon Math and Reading Center: After-school programming provider Kumon Math and Reading Center offers individualized tutoring in one-hour sessions with personalized take-home assignments. The center is following updated health and sanitation guidelines and allowing students to work in person with tutors.

Hours: (River Oaks) Mon., Thu. 3:30-7 p.m.; Wed. 2-6 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; (Heights) Mon., Thu. 3:30-7 p.m.

Cost: varies by program

River Oaks: 3425 S. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 230, Houston; 713-523-6284

Heights: 2500 Yale St., Ste. A, Houston; 713-869-2633

The Shumsky Center for Academic and Career Performance: Students can register for after-school offerings for SAT and ACT preparation, college and private school admission preparation, and general tutoring.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: varies by program

4299 San Felipe St., Ste. 210, Houston


Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts Houston: The MECA School is offering after-school programs in reduced sizes. Students can participate in traditional dance such as ballet folklorio and modern hip-hop as well as mariachi violin lessons. MECA also offers after-school tutoring and test prep.

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: $40 per hour (tutoring), $55 per month (dance and music)

1900 Kane St., Houston


HISD resources

Contacts to know

HISD @ H.O.M.E. Hotline: 713-556-INFO (4636)

IT Service Desk:


Academic support:

Parent university webinars

Sept. 15, 5 p.m.: 2020-21 School Year 101

Oct. 20, 5 p.m.: Family Engagement

Nov. 17, 5 p.m.: Digital Citizenship

Jan. 19, 5 p.m.: School Level(s) Transitions

Feb. 16, 5 p.m.: Non-Academic

Support Offered in HISD

April 20, 5 p.m.: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Needs

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By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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