Mayor: City is working to provide child care for 100,000 to complement partial in-school schedule
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke Thursday, addressing what the school year will look like in September.
He says students will be learning five days a week through a blended model of on-site in school and remote learning.
Students will be in person learning two to three days per week. With the contrast of in-school and remote, the mayor says many families will need safe, supervised child care for students to complement partial school and day care reopening.
He says the city will provide safe, quality child care serving over 100,000 students. The care will include continued engagement in remote learning and youth development programming.
All sites will practice social distancing and prioritize the health of students and staff.
New York City is working with partners across all five boroughs to identify locations and staffing to maximize available child care. Potential locations and partners include community centers, libraries, cultural organizations and other community spaces.
Early childhood programming will provide a safe, supportive environment for 3 and 4-year-olds with age-appropriate activities to support learning and development.
The city also plans to expand DYCD youth programming to provide care both during and after school hours daily for grades kindergarten to eighth grades.
The city says its Learning Lab model will provide full day supervision and educational support for remote learning and enrichment.