Local organizations are working to help parents figure out what to do about childcare, as parents and students are still adjusting to the "new normal" amid the pandemic.
The Salvation Army After School Program usually starts on August 17th, but staff said they are planning to have an all day program in light of the virtual start to the Tulsa Public Schools school year.
We are told the program will work a lot like the Summer Program except instead of scheduled activities for the first half of the day, the staff will be facilitating virtual learning.
Richard J. White, the Salvation Army Executive Director, tells us, “when school starts and kids are coming in with their chrome books we’re going to set up our virtual classrooms for them and instead of playing in the game room during they day they’re going to be doing their school work”
White says they are working to provide care to support around two hundred kids in the Tulsa Metro area.
The Salvation Army's goal is to make sure they are available during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. starting on the 17th.
White says, “we usually hire extra staff during the summer so we’ll have to extend that a little bit and we extend hours of some staff that we already have our regular staff so we’ll have to do that a little bit.”
Calista Marler tells us, "I'm a single mama and my income level has been affected by this, it would be great if I could afford it but it is well outside of my budget to hire a tutor or even in a group setting to work with him during the day time”
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited many parent's option for child care or tutors.
As of right now they have a sliding scale for payment, but they are working on securing funding to limit or eliminate costs for everyone.
To pre-register your child for either program or for more information, click here.
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