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Las Vegas valley students getting online tutoring for free

Posted at 8:31 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 02:14:37-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Schools are closed and the kids are at home. It’s on you, mom and dad, to make sure they’re still learning.

"High school is a lot more difficult than expected," said Las Vegas valley mom, Tannia. She says there's no way she'd be able to help her 14-year-old son with his school work.

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"Teaching has changed dramatically throughout the years, especially since I was in school," she said.

Like many parents, Tannia was concerned when schools in the state closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but she was thrilled when she learned NEAT Services was providing online help.

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"Oh my God I was beyond relieved,"she said. "For my circumstances, I still have to work, so I can’t just sit home and help them out with his work."

NEAT or Nevada Educational Advocacy and Tutoring, offers educational therapy for students with disabilities, but now they're providing their services to all children -- and doing it all online for free.

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"We’re hoping to reach as many families in the valley as we can," said Wendy Broder with NEAT Services. "We know that this is such a difficult time. So many families have lost income."

Parents who want to use the service have a couple of options.

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"I arrange for the student to be set up with a tutor," explained Broder. "Then, the tutor will contact them and will be doing short sessions, such as a 30 minute session with the child."

"Those are completely free," she added.

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Or for a discounted rate, families can do longer sessions of an hour or more.

"My tutors work with children ages pre-K through 12 grade," said Broder. "I have some that specialize in math, for example, some that specialize in other areas like reading, for example."

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"I have a couple tutors that specialize in working with children with dyslexia," she said.

With tutors available to cover every course, Tannia says she's feeling a lot better about her son's education during this uncertain time.

"I think this is the best thing. We love our kids and our patience is very limited sometimes," said Tannia. "With her [Broder], she’s very patient and she’s experienced."

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