By: Andre Malo
The Learning Bridges program designed to assist parents who are at work and unable to supervise their kids who are being educated via remote learning has been a disorganized mess, according to parents The New York Post spoke to
Learning Bridges is set to use spaces such as libraries and community centers, but exact locations are still unknown, and in many cases the parents still do not know if they secured a slot.
“The mayor fails to provide any specific information that parents need,” said Robert Bonanni, of Forest Hills, who has a 7-year-old daughter. “I don’t have childcare. A lot of people are scrambling”, he told the Post.
Bonanni said he jumped on the chance for a childcare slot, immediately filling out a city form on Aug. 19. He said he did not receive confirmation that his application had even been received until Monday.
The city sent out a survey to parents in late August who may be interested in taking advantage of free child care. It asks whether enrolled students have parents who are essential workers – such as staff with the Education Department or hospital workers – and if they live in public housing or temporary housing.
The NY Post reported: One mom, a New York City school staffer, said she got an email Wednesday night — just days ahead of what was supposed to be the opening of school on Monday — saying her 5-year-old daughter had a child care slot at a local Y. But the program begins at 8 a.m. — the same time she is slated to be at work.
“How am I supposed to be at my job at 8 a.m.? That is our reporting time,” said the mom. “It’s just another added pressure and no answers and false promises.”
In-person learning is now supposed to start Sept. 29 for those in kindergarten through fifth grade and to Oct. 1 for older students after de Blasio made an 11th-hour decision to delay the opening, the NY Post reported.
Earlier this month, the city said only 30,000 slots would be ready now with the rest to be added later.
“This is an ambitious effort that will aim to serve 100,000 young people — nearly the size of Boston and Seattle’s school districts combined,” a spokeswoman told the press