City to Open 'Regional Enrichment Centers' for Students Whose Parents Are Essential Workers By Jillian Jorgensen New York City PUBLISHED 3:02 PM ET Mar. The four locations on Staten Island include. As space permits, the centers will accommodate children of additional essential personnel. Don’t forget your car’s interior. Those who are serving in these vital roles and have no other means of childcare can enroll in New York City Department of Education's Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs). Please visit the NYC Department of Education website for more details. “If they want to take advantage of it and we find a lot of pickup on it, we’re going to be able to have the capacity we have now,” he said. The DOE has been reaching out to other City agencies, unions, and partner organizations to help identify and contact families of first responders, health care workers, and key transit employees who will need to send their children to the Regional Enrichment Centers. The DOE is asking schools to download necessary remote learning platforms, ensure educators have access to appropriate devices and know how to use technology-assisted learning platforms, and ensure materials are uploaded for use. Centers are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and children enrolled can attend anytime during open hours. These locations will be identified by March 20. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson). The meals will be distributed in classrooms to avoid congregation in cafeterias. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. The approximately 100 RECs around the city each offer remote instruction; t hreehot mealsa day; and childcare; along with art, music, and physical education. Per the DOE, remote instruction will be offered, 3 hot meals served a day; art, music and physical education will be provided. The DOE said many RECs will have the capacity to support 3- and 4-year-olds, with some centers dedicated fully to early childhood care. Annalise Knudson |, Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), which opened Monday, which give three “grab and go” meals to kids across the city. © 2020 New York City Hospitality Alliance | All Rights Reserved. That is why we have created Regional Enrichment Centers—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Beginning Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers are opening across every borough, with at least two sites in every school district. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel). The DOE will be opening Regional Enrichment Centers which will provide all essential personnel – including certain Birch Family Services staff — who reside in NYC, and whose children attend school in the city, with free childcare at DOE locations. New York City public schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza asked parents to sign up for the NYC Schools account, pushed to your phone with the mobile app, Coronavirus shuts down ‘Saturday Night Live’; show canceled for at least 3 weeks, report says, Coronavirus: Stop & Shop reserves early hours for seniors only. The DOE vets applications for eligibility and assigns families individually. On Wednesday, de Blasio added essential staff at grocery stores and pharmacies, staff who work on the Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, staff at the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Probation, and Department of Health staff who weren’t previously eligible. The DOE stressed that the system is still evolving and that more and more kids are being assigned each day. “The kids who are here are well taken care of,” he said. But the important point is we will grow in whatever direction, according to the level of need, to make sure those essential workers can get to work and be really comfortable about where their kids are and what they’re doing.”. Or not: Photos of the empty morning Staten Island ferry commute, Coronavirus shuts down ‘Saturday Night Live’; show canceled for at least 3 weeks, report saysCoronavirus: Stop & Shop reserves early hours for seniors only, Elective dental procedures canceled for three weeks, ADA says, 2-year-old passenger on Norwegian Bliss tested positive for coronavirus. New York City is currently offering grab-and-go meals to all New York City students at all public schools. The DOE said many RECs will have the capacity to support 3- and 4-year-olds, with some centers dedicated fully to early childhood care. This includes restaurant staff and delivery/takeout workers. “I understand why they did this but we have nurses who could be in hospitals right now sitting in a classroom.”. RECs are open and operate from 7:30am to 6:00pm on Monday-Friday, and will ensure that students in grades K-12 have access to remote learning as well as various art, music, and other activities.To enroll your child(ren) in one of these centers, please complete the REC Enrollment Form below for each child you are seeking to enroll. The city Department of Education (DOE) said last week that it would be prepared to expand sites in New York City if needed. Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all DOE students. While this program may not be appropriate for everyone, it might be helpful to you and your family. you can complete this survey form to begin the enrollment process for a REC. *** CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF CORONAVIRUS IN NEW YORK ***. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. FOLLOW ANNALISE KNUDSON ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Parents drop off their kids at a Regional Enrichment Center located at the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, Graniteville.

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