There’s new demand for daytime childcare for Allegheny County families, as most school districts are teaching students remotely either full- or part-time.
To temporarily fill that gap, the county’s Department of Human Services, the United Way and the early childhood advocacy group Trying Together partnered to distribute CARES Act funding to 60 providers. Those providers now open their doors during the day as a space where students can learn online in smaller groups of students than would be in school buildings. According to the county health department, there have been no cases or outbreaks linked to the hubs.
At the Millvalle Boys and Girls Club, for example, students are dropped off in the mornings with their laptops, headphones and masks. They have their temperature taken and then spend the day rotating between virtual classes, hands-on activities, lunch and game time. In many ways it’s similar to what you’d see in