City to provide childcare for 100K kids as students partially return to classrooms in the fall: de Blasio

Adam Warner
July 16, 2020 - 10:44 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the city is working to provide more than 100,000 students with childcare as schools return in the fall with a mix of remote learning and on-site education.

“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,” the mayor said.

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With a little less than two months before the school year begins, de Blasio said the city is working with partners across the five boroughs to identify locations and staffing for the childcare.

“We are going to use every conceivable space—community centers, libraries, cultural organizations, whatever we can find in communities,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to have one approach for early childhood, another approach for K-8.”

“Nothing like this has ever been attempted on this timeframe, but we’re going to find a way to do this and hopefully so much more,” the mayor added.

The plan comes amid criticism from some parents and elected officials, who said the city didn't have a childcare plan in place for families trying to juggle their schedules as students partially returned to classrooms in the fall.

The “blended learning” approach will have students learning five days a week, but it will be a mix of on-site and remote learning, with students expected in classrooms only two to three days a week.

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