Brooklyn schools ask for help to stay afloat during crisis

Dozens of schools and child care organizations in Brooklyn are calling on government agencies for help to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2020, 1:38 AM

Updated 1,473 days ago

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Dozens of schools and child care organizations in Brooklyn are calling on government agencies for help to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. 
More than 50 private and independent schools, as well as child care organizations, have come together -- forming the Brooklyn Coalition of Independent Preschools. 
While these organizations are offering virtual learning during the pandemic, the directors tell News 12 they're struggling to stay open.
Many of these organizations have received support through the Paycheck Protection Program, a relief funded by Congress to help small businesses. However, they say it's not much of a solution. 
Business owners tell News 12 they need more guidance from the New York Office of Children and Family Services and the city's Department of Health. 
In a statement, a DOH official tells News 12 in part, "We have been working closely with child care programs and associations throughout the pandemic to share updated guidance and best practices." 
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However, these business owners say they need more support to ensure their organizations' survival. 
News 12 reached out to the Office of Children and Family Services, and a representative tells News 12 the office is declining to comment because they are not aware of this coalition. 
News 12 also reached out to the U.S. Small Business Administration and has not heard back yet. 


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