The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted school openings and families. Many parents and schools are searching for ways to provide personal attention to students as they attend virtual or hybrid schooling options.

While many private options (tutoring companies, new startups focused on learning pods etc) are proliferating at this time, we believe that EQUITABLE and COMMUNITY-DRIVEN approaches are vital to help each other in this critical moment.

How it Works

Work with a Volunteer Community Education Fellow

Currently, we are partnering with local schools and non-profit partners to identify families in need of volunteer Fellows. We are then matching families and pods with UCI students can provide tutoring and facilitation of small-group learning. Please contact us with the link below if you would like to inquire about your school or organization partnering with UCI CEF.

For parents and community

Our local communities are also self-organizing to support their children in innovative ways. If you are a parent or community member, who does not need a CEF, but would like to learn about new ways to support your children or youth in your community, please sign up below to join in on a bi-weekly support group where local advocates, fellow parents, and educators will share tips.

I want to hire (pay) a student tutor

We are focusing our efforts on free (to families), community-based efforts right now. There are a number of for-profit or paid tutoring options on the market right now. For families who are interested in finding a paid tutor, we will provide links to organizations in the following page, as a resource.

Coming Soon…

For UCI Students: Join Us

UCI Education Students.

This is a tremendously challenging time in our world right now, and families all over Orange County need your help. If you are interested in providing tutoring or facilitating learning to families and children, and can spare a few hours a week, please contact us using the below form below.


This initiative arose through the combination of support from many individuals and programs. The UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence awarded a seed grant to Dr. Ahn (and colleagues) of the Orange County Educational Advancement Network to create research and response projects to aid local communities impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ahn and doctoral candidate Yenda Prado created a work group focused on helping families in need, searching for extra support for their child’s virtual learning. The goal of mitigating the extreme inequality that is arising from the pandemic and developments such as learning pods and hiring tutors, was a prime aim for this working group.

Dr. Doron Zinger, Director of UCI CalTeach, joined our work group to help organize connections to UCI Education students. The People’s Coalition, a social justice group led by students leaders at UCI, are also providing key guidance on connecting with and serving local communities. Our group is now expanding to invite local schools, community organizations and local non-profits who want to connect families to student tutors and facilitators. We will add more information as the workgroup membership grows.