Mayor addresses need for child care, mentorship during remote learning

It’s a big day for students and parents across the city as Monday was back to in-person classes for some students.

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2020, 4:43 PM

Updated 1,336 days ago

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It’s a big day for students and parents across the city as Monday was back to in-person classes for some students.
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the need for child care and mentorship programs as students hit the books, during a news conference Monday.
Mayor de Blasio also talked about the Learning Bridges Program, which is a free child care program for kids in all five boroughs as they engage in remote learning, as well as a Mentors Matter Initiative, which is aimed to help young men of color find success in the classroom.
The Learning Bridges Program is for working families, providing free child care or supervised learning for students in preschool to eighth grade on days when they have remote learning and their guardians can't be with them.
The mayor says 3,600 preschoolers started the program Monday, but the city will continue to accept applications, and more seats will be added through the fall. Kids will be accepted on a priority basis.
The second program the mayor talked about today is the Mentors Matter Initiative provides support and guidance to 750 Black and brown men to help them get mentoring, scholarship opportunities and career exposure. The initiative also pays Black and brown adult men to help tutor and mentor students while providing grants to community organizations already doing this work.
"We know many Black and brown boys struggle with school and have the highest dropout rates in education and rates of disengagement, we know that mentoring and particularly mentoring with people that look like us and propel us that’s exactly what the young men's initiative is about," says Jordan Stocktail, executive director for Young Men's Initiative.


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