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Free Childcare to Be Offered to 100,000 NYC Students

Free Childcare to Be Offered to 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 and the city are beginning to roll out the timeline for the free child care program, The Learning Bridges Program, to supplement blended learning. The program is for students preschool to 8th grade and aims tp help families manage the hybrid online and in-person schooling, according to AMNY.  There will be 30,000 seats available on Sept. 21 and priority will be given to children of essential workers, homeless students, and children in public housing. The city's goal is to have 70,000 seats by the end of October and 100,000 seats by the end of December.

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.

Melanie Hartzog, director of the NYC office of management and budget, 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.

All parents who have expressed interest in the Learning Brides Program thus far will automatically enter the enrollment process. Otherwise, parents can apply via the city's website.

“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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Melissa Wickes

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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