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As parents across southern Nevada struggle to find an education that does a good job meeting their children’s needs, COVID-19 has made things worse — much worse.

In this ailing economy, parents who can go to work need to. Parents able to work at home struggle to balance their work responsibilities with the heavy-lift it takes to navigate their children’s distance learning plans while keeping their learning on track. And most everyone — including a lot of teachers — seems perilously close to letting learning loss win.

Of course, for a great many families here, the present schooling options have come up short of offering them a solution they can feel completely happy with overtime, and not just since the pandemic set in. Certainly, some very good, and even great, schools are getting the job done for the families fortunate enough to be able to enroll. For everyone else, waiting for schools to improve, or for new schools to open that can do the job, is likely to take longer than they can afford to wait.

Some of these families have formed pandemic pods and adopted more flexible, often cooperative, homeschooling models. Many others have expressed interest and a willingness to band together to explore microschooling possibilities. This can seem daunting, but there are resources, experts, and plenty of free or affordable tools to help.

So we’ve put together this list of important things that any Nevada family considering their education options right now should know.

Seven Key Things to Know About Microschooling

  1. One of the most attractive features of microschooling is that learning programs can be created to meet the specific needs of individual learners.
  2. This is the “Golden Age of Digital Content,” with high-quality online tools available to help meet every learner’s needs.
  3. Starting a microschool lets you do what you love, and can even turn into a career.
  4. Experts like Nevada Action for School Options can help you design and launch your own home-based microschool.
  5. These experts can also help with choosing affordable learning tools, administrative support, finding a location you can use, and other needs.
  6. There may even be “microgrants” or other financial support that can help you get your microschool off the ground.
  7. If you want to connect with peer communities of Nevada microschoolers to share insights, you’ll find out that you’re not in this alone.

With a little help from friends, neighbors, and family and the benefit of some insider info, dozens of new doors are opening for Nevada families. You have options. Pick the right one for your child and your situation!