Child Care and Afterschool Programs, An Important Piece School Districts Must Consider for Reopening

Since the New Jersey Department of Education’s (DOE) recent release of The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education, school districts have hit the ground running in planning for what learning will look like during the 2020-2021 school year. While the DOE’s guidance has made it clear that many of the issues should be district-determined, there is no question that the delivery of education will look different come September.

A school's educational “new normal” may include virtual learning for all or part of a school-day as the best way to keep students and faculty safe. That decision will have a significant ripple-effect on families, particularly for those with parents/guardians that work both in and outside the home. Parents, especially of young students, will be faced with the dilemma of finding care while their child is not in school. It is important that district leaders provide child care and afterschool providers a seat at the table when planning for the reopening in the 2020-2021 school year.

ACNJ prepared the following two facts sheets to help ensure child care and aftershcool providers are included in the planning process.

A Seat at the Table: The Role of Child Care and Afterschool in School District Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year - provides guidance on how school district leaders can reach out to the child care and afterschool programs in their community.

An Important Piece of the Puzzle:  Child Care and Afterschool Care in School District Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year, guides providers on how to ensure they are part of the planning.

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