With schools around the region offering virtual or hybrid learning to start the year, many parents are scrambling to figure out what to do with their kids as they return to work. To help ease the stress of parents, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has announced it will offer distance-learning child care programs for school-age children.
The YMCA is collaborating with several school districts around the region to help children with their online learning assignments. The program will include a dedicated learning hub, homework time and a weekly STEM project.
“The Y has made the decision to serve our members and community in meeting their needs for full-day and half-day child care options,” said Reynard Eaglin, vice president of youth development and operations, in a recent press release. “The demand for child care is high and our plan is to support children through virtual and distance learning in a nurturing environment. We want to ease parents’ stress so they can return to work and provide for their families.”
This program will be open to school-age children partaking in distance learning or hybrid classes this fall. Parents looking to enroll their children in this program are asked to contact their local branch for more information.
With this program, parents can also expect their children to be involved in some fun activities. Eaglin explained that the program will include a variety of aspects that are included in their summer day camps. This includes arts and crafts, indoor games and outdoor sports.
“We’ll not only assist children with their distance-learning needs and homework, we’ll also provide character building and recreational activities,” said Eaglin.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is putting several safety precautions in place to help keep children and staff members safe. This includes limiting capacity based on local licensing guidelines, daily health screenings upon arrival and limiting contact between students and student groups. The staff will also sanitize the area throughout the day.
The organization is still finalizing schedules and locations. For more information and updates, visit www.ymcadc.org.
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