Coworking and Microschools

Coworking & Microschools
Right now, parents have an agonizing choice, if they have a choice at all – send their kids back to school during a time of vast uncertainty or keep them home in continued isolation and at the expense of their professional productivity.

And let’s be honest, mental health. 53% of adults say that stress and worry related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health.

Of course there are parents who actually enjoy the privilege of a choice. Essential workers, frontline caregivers and those who can least afford this crisis have very few choices.

Many parents are scrambling to create microschools.

The Atlanta Coworking Alliance is inviting churches and other public spaces to fling open their doors during the work week to create new microschools for coworkers.

Our collaboration seeks to provide child care solutions for parents.

If you are a parent in the Atlanta area interesting in participating in this grassroots effort to help children and parents, PLEASE complete the survey here

Churches are currently doing what they have always done: preparing to welcome any and all children every week. They have the classrooms, the insurance, the staff, and wide-open space to spread out.

Church classrooms aka microschools could be set up for 4 – 6 children with a “proctor” to supervise their independent online lessons, mask compliance and physical distancing. After awhile, they all go outside for some fresh air and a healthy snack.

Meanwhile, mom and dad are working away in another part of the church campus or at the partner coworking space.

Benefits to parents and children:
  • Parents can focus on work and maintain a better work/life balance
  •  Children have better resources for academics and social services
Benefits to the coworking space:
  • Safe, affordable space for the children of coworking parents to go “back to school”
  • Recognition of social impact to solve a community-wide problem
  • Marketing / branding opportunities to create a mini-coworking “annex” at the church if needed
  • Expanded big-space amenities for coworking members – gym, dog park, community garden, wellness classes
Benefits to the church:
  • Revenue generated from existing assets
  • Connecting with and serving new people in the neighborhood

If you are a parent in the Atlanta area interesting in participating in this grassroots effort to help children and parents, PLEASE complete the survey here

A special thanks to Daryn DeZengotita of Table Coworking for the development of this church/coworking space collaboration concept.