The Lorain City Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio have partnered to provide free childcare, including transportation, to families whose students are enrolled in the Lorain City Schools.
Boys & Girls Clubs has approximately 30 seats available for students of working families who need support as they negotiate the hours and remote days within the Phase 2 schedule. Interested families should apply for the program through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/LCSBGC
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Availability: Program spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Childcare Cost: FREE to families as a result of CARES Act funding
- Transportation: Provided FREE to both new and current participants
- Location: Dependent upon the number of participating students. Space is being made available in multiple schools, with additional seats available throughout B&GC sites.
- Hours: 7:00AM - 4:00PM
- Ages: School age children
- Availability of program: For the remainder of the school year
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided
- Start date: To be announced after transportation routes are developed
The primary focus of B&GC programming will be to support Lorain City Schools students with the remote learning requirements of their home school while their parents are at work. The program will be available for both weekly and short-term, immediate needs, such as when a sitter is sick or the child’s class must move from in-person to remote.
Lorain Schools Board President Mark Ballard has said of the partnership, "This has been a great example of what's possible when you have the right people, with the right idea at the right time all asking: 'How can we best take care of people?' Lorain is a place where we come together as family. When that's your philosophy, it becomes second nature to take care of the families of those we employ, just as we take care of the families of those we educate."
“At the end of the day, we want to help the students and families of Lorain know they are supported, and to resume a sense of normalcy,” shared Dimacchia. “This partnership will help more students get back to school and more families get back to work. That’s what is so desperately needed right now, and we’re glad to have the relationship with Lorain City Schools to make that happen.”
"Our goal as an administration has been to overwhelm our people with support," said Graham. "Not just during COVID times, but in all we do moving forward. This is just one piece of that support, and in time we hope our people will come to see this was just the beginning."