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YMCA wants to help working parents find childcare during back-to-school

Posted July 15, 2020 6:09 a.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2020 6:20 a.m. EDT

— When children resume partial online learning in August, the YMCA will help working parents find child care the weeks their kids aren't at school.

According to Wake County Public Schools, up to 20,000 students could need child care when school starts on Aug. 17.

YMCA of the Triangle, known as the district's main child care provider, currently only has around 4,000 slots for kids.

To help Wake County parents, the YMCA is training program workers and designing activities for kids during their remote learning. According to the YMCA, all child care programs will adhere to state health guidelines.

On a typical day, time will be set aside for kids to access remote learning. Kids would be grouped with no more than 10 other students, and the group of children and adults would not mix with other groups, keeping exposure minimal.

The YMCA hopes to have programs planned and in place by late July to be ready for back-to-school. Corporate support will be needed to help low-income families pay for the sessions, officials said.

In March, the YMCA launched Camp Hope, a full child care program offered at several locations in the Triangle to help essential workers during the pandemic.