Hudson Valley day care transitions to makeshift school to assist working parents

Many parents are scrambling for options as school reopening plans are released, but one Highland Mills day care center may have an answer.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2020, 9:23 PM

Updated 1,388 days ago

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Many parents are scrambling for options as school reopening plans are released, but one Highland Mills day care center may have an answer.
Arc of Learning director Jackie Hernandez says, “The main question asked is, how do we supplement education when they’re not supervised and on technology more?” 
Her facility in Orange County will expand its services to provide tutoring during virtual learning days and child care to older students who would typically be in school during the time.
“We’re looking at ways children can buffer out distractions,” says Hernandez. “… and provide them with privacy when doing their Zooms.” 
Parents are in limbo as they wait on a final word from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on school plans.
“It most certainly is a financial burden. We wouldn’t be spending the money on child care if our children were in school, but I have to work to live just like most parents,” says parent Elizabeth H.
Another parent claimed her first grader will need assistance for his virtual days, adding “…Definitely not in the budget, but no other choice.” 
According to the governor’s website, the last day for institutions to submit their reopening plans is July 31.


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