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YMCA Will Care For Out-Of-School Kids, Help With Remote Learning During Pandemic

The YMCA will provide in-person care for Chicago Public Schools students while they're out of class and have parents at work.

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CHICAGO — The YMCA will help Chicago kids with remote learning while they’re out of school due to the pandemic.

The organization will provide in-person care for Chicago Public Schools students while they’re out of class and have parents at work, according to a press release. The district announced earlier this month it will start the upcoming school year with all-remote learning.

Parents can sign up for the program online for a full week or three days per week, with the program costing $33-$52 per day. The programs are first-come, first served. Financial assistance is available for families by calling 773-905-5115 during regular business hours.

Parents of eligible kids can drop off their child at most Y centers in the city and suburbs as well as some partner schools, according to the organization. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade will receive support and mentoring for remote classes and independent work in half- or full-day programs.

The Y’s counselors will schedule five hours of learning as well as other types of “social, physical and creative activity,” according to the organization.

In Chicago, eight YMCA facilities will offer remote learning support to families:

  • McCormick Y at 1834 N. Lawndale Ave.
  • Kelly Hall Y at 824 N. Hamlin Ave. 
  • Rauner Family YMCA at 2700 S. Western Ave.
  • High Ridge Y at 2424 W. Touhy Ave.
  • Lake View Y at 3333 N. Marshfield Ave.
  • South Side Y at 6330 S. Stony Island Ave.
  • Irving Park Y at 4251 W. Irving Park Road
  • North Lawndale Center at 3449 W. Arthington St.

“It is a lot to ask of working parents to balance job responsibilities and provide for remote learning to their children at the same time,” said Richard Malone, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago president and CEO, in the press release. “The YMCA is here for families to offer practical support. We are not a replacement for the classroom. We are a support system.” 

Students who attend the program will be divided into pods of up to 15 other children and one counselor. The groups follow coronavirus safety guidelines, like washing their hands frequently, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

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