To close the opportunity gap and improve life outcomes for children, we have to address the deep digital divide the pandemic has illuminated. This digital divide and resource divide facing school aged children of color and those experiencing poverty is not a new phenomenon – but it is a growing one.
As the divide spreads, it’s disproportionately affecting displaced and at-risk youth. There are students in Newark, currently living in shelters, motels, cars and/or couchsurfing who are now relying on remote learning to receive a quality education. These students are still without internet or laptops.