Due to the pandemic, the Latino community was one of the hardest-hit in the United States, facing among the highest rates of unemployment and income loss, along with the highest rates of hospitalization of any demographic group. These losses have spurred on broader challenges for Latino families, causing hardships ranging from food insecurity to decreased classroom performance to an increase in the prevalence of depression and anxiety.
Perhaps the most prevalent negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the widening of the achievement gap separating impoverished and economically-disadvantaged students from their more affluent peers. The McKinsey Institute forecasts that low-income Latino students will lose over a year of educational progress due to the pandemic, a number which continues to increase as students are still learning from home.
To combat learning deficiencies and widening achievement gaps many students experienced during school closures and remote learning, Commissioner Patrick awarded a CARES Act grant in the amount of $50,000 to LaAmistad to provide tutoring assistance.