It was a year ago this month that the novel and disruptive Coronavirus detonated and caused a massive
disruption to our lives. The impact was severely felt in the realm of education – as schools were forced to
immediately transition to remote learning and reinvent the educational paradigm. The pandemic
lingered many weeks and then months beyond what anyone had imagined or planned for. We are just
now beginning to grasp the impact the pandemic has had upon our children. Not just their education,
but also their social-emotional well-being and health. Student depression and suicides have increased
while even the most successful students have felt the deleterious effects of a year of school like none
While some schools, like Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, have been open for in-person instruction
since the fall, there still remains the possibility of significant loss in comprehension, understanding, and
social-emotional balance. Schools and school district responses have been varied including the thought
of mandatory summer school, increased school days next year, or lengthening of the school day.
El Paseo Children’s Center (EPCC) specializes in conducting private, independent, and school-based
educational evaluations and impactful learning services for students. They serve as a critical resource to
schools and families in the Coachella Valley- which are even more important in a post-pandemic
To better serve students and families in the Coachella Valley, Palm Valley School and El Paseo Children’s
Center have partnered to offer “The Learning Center at Palm Valley School”. This Learning Center,
opening at Palm Valley School in mid-August of 2021 will be a one-stop shop for students and families to
receive educational testing services and support.
Please contact Abby Sturgeon, Director of Admissions and Advancement at Palm Valley School at
760.328.0861 or Brent Cooper, Owner of El Paseo Children’s Center at 760.342.4900.