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Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Free Childcare for 100,000 NYC Students

Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Free Childcare for 100,000 NYC Students

In order to help parents who will struggle as a result of hybrid learning this school year, NYC plans to create 100,000 free day care slots for NYC children.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that NYC will provide free childcare for 100,000 students on the days they are not learning in classrooms to help families manage the hybrid online and in-person schooling in the fall, according to AMNY. The city will utilize community centers, libraries, cultural organizations, and "whatever we can find in communities," de Blasio said, to accommodate students while following New York State health guidelines.

Some daycare slots will be available by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, according to Melanie Hartzog, director of the NYC office of management and budget, with more slots to be made available on a rolling basis. She also said that activities will include arts, recreation, tutoring, and field trips "where possible." Personal protective equipment like face coverings and hand sanitizer will be provided by the city and only 15 students will be allowed to be in a classroom at any given time.

According to a Department of Education survey of approximately 400,000 NYC parents, 75 percent of families want schools to reopen in September and are willing to send their children to classes in person. However, with regard for the risks sending kids back to school in person can pose and in accordance to CDC recommendations, de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced the options of two "blended learning" models for schools earlier this month. 

“So many parents though have said that they can’t make it work if they don’t get more childcare,” de Blasio told AMNY reporters. “We’ve been trying to find every way to create new childcare and to build it from scratch, honestly.” 

A complete program for the daycare sites has not been created yet. Once it is released, we will update this article with the details. NYMetroParents continues to be your go-to source for the reopening of New York schools. Bookmark our schools reopening pagesubscribe to our newsletter, and like us on Facebook for daily updates regarding reopening.

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Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

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