You are reading

City to Supplement Remote Learning with Childcare for 100,000 Students

(Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

July 16, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City will offer free childcare services to the parents of more than 100,000 kids when school reopens in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

The city will provide daycare for the children on days that they attend class remotely — which will be two to three days a week for most students under the city’s school reopening plan revealed earlier this month.

The childcare services will help working parents who cannot stay at home to supervise their child’s online studies on remote-learning days. Students will attend class in person on the other days of the week.

“So many parents have said that they can’t make it work if they don’t get more childcare,” de Blasio said at a press conference this morning.

He said the city will be able to provide childcare services for approximately 100,000 students on their remote learning days. However, that is only a small fraction of the 1.1 million students in New York City public schools.

The mayor said the 100,000 seats is only a starting point. The city hopes to offer more childcare seats as the academic year approaches.

“The goal will be to start by serving 100,000 kids and giving those families that balance in their life, that relief, that support — but then we aim to go farther,” de Blasio said.

“We’re going to use every conceivable space — community centers, libraries, cultural organizations — whatever we can find in communities.”

The program’s capacity will increase on a rolling basis.

The childcare services will be available to Pre-K through eighth graders in each borough.

The city is still working out the details of the program — such as how students will be selected for the limited seats.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Five Queens startups win $20,000 each in 2024 Tech + Innovation Challenge

May. 19, 2024 By Czarinna Andres

A diverse range of businesses, including a yoga studio, an olive oil distributor, a female health care provider, a sustainable mushroom farmer, and an AI-powered physical therapy service, have been named winners of the 2024 Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge (QTIC). Each winner will receive a $20,000 grant to support their business operations.

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.