Learning Pods

CRPE is leading a national research initiative, a research consortium and a community of practice to understand learning pods, which provide a creative solution to address families’ immediate needs for childcare and learning support. 

How we define a pod: Pods are learning environments that provide in-person support or intensive virtual support to small groups of students, led by one or more adults.

Pods—sometimes referred to as hubs or learning centers, especially when operated by school districts, reconfigure the basic architecture of schooling. These small pandemic learning communities surface lessons that are likely to last beyond the crisis. 

Through this initiative and in collaboration with a diverse set of partners, we will learn as much as possible from these efforts to inform a path to rebuilding that is more just, equitable, and responsive to individual student needs.

This project is made possible by support from the Walton Family Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, New Schools Venture Fund, and the Joyce Foundation.

District-supported learning hubs and Community of Practice

We are partnering with TNTP to support a cohort of six school systems working to leverage learning hubs to transform the way they support students long after the pandemic. Learn more about this initiative.

Database of district and community-supported learning pods

We are conducting an ongoing national scan of pods. This database contains hub initiatives led by institutions with publicly available information, such as city government, school districts, and nonprofit organizations, rather than parent-led pods. Along with basic information, we track several data points such as operator types, grade levels served, cost and accessibility, and offerings.

Our Analysis

Understanding the learning pods landscape

Ashley Jochim, Robin Lake  |  Thurs, 11/19/20

We are launching a national database that will catalogue and make sense of learning pod initiatives across the country, with an eye toward equity.



See all of our analysis on learning pods.