Schools Update: Learning Bridges Childcare Program Now Open For Fully-Remote Students


That is our common replace following the reopening of NYC faculties for Wednesday, February third, 2021.

Here is the newest:

The Studying Bridges program that gives free childcare for working mother and father will now settle for college students who’re enrolled in full-time distant studying.

This system launched in September as a partnership between town and group teams just like the YMCA of Better New York. Seats have been initially supplied to college students who have been in blended studying in order that their working mother and father would have supervised childcare on distant studying days. This system serves college students 3K to eighth grade.

However regardless of a acknowledged objective of providing 100,000 seats by the tip of 2020, this system has reportedly been underutilized — the Every day Information reported solely 17 out of greater than 450 places are at capability, and 44,000 households have been supplied seats in this system.

The Division of Schooling mentioned the Studying Bridges program will prioritize fully-remote college students whose mother or father or guardian is a necessary employee, stay in non permanent housing or NYCHA developments, in foster care or are college students with disabilities.

The kids of DOE employees and academics, in addition to the children of Studying Bridges staffers, can even be prioritized.

In November, the DOE acknowledged that some college students with disabilities who would in any other case qualify for Studying Bridges didn’t get seats as a result of not all of the Studying Bridges suppliers are outfitted to work with kids with disabilities. The DOE says this system can now accommodate college students with particular wants — “In case your baby has a incapacity and may have further assist, discuss to your Studying Bridges program.”

“This determination permits us to deal with the fluctuating baby care wants of precedence populations throughout this disaster. Work conditions change, in addition to entry to baby care,” the DOE mentioned in a press release Wednesday.

This system will proceed so as to add extra places and seats on a rolling foundation, the DOE mentioned.