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Child care providers questioning their role in remote learning

While school districts and parents wait for Governor Cuomo's decision about learning in the fall, child care providers want answers, too. Will they be responsible for helping kids learn remotely?

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 5:57 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. - While school districts and parents wait for Governor Cuomo's decision about learning in the fall, child care providers want answers, too. Will they be responsible for helping kids learn remotely?

“What is their responsibility? What is their role in all this?," Richelle Singer, Director of Child Care Council for Cornell Cooperative Extension said. "What are parents looking for? Are parents expecting them to do this online schooling with them, or are they going to do it after work? So many questions right now.”

She says there are a lot of questions, but not many answers, especially when it comes to school age children.

“If you’ve got a couple of school agers, they’re going to have to be signed in for remote learning, it could be an issue with supervision and also an issue that it's not necessarily the providers responsibility to take over that schooling, that’s why we want parents to talk to their child care provider so they can work together," Singer said.

Singer says another issue could be capacity and resources.

“This is going to be very new for child care if they’re going be helping out at all with school," Singer said. "Some are going to be able to do that and some don’t have the capacity to do that, whether it be internet or just space.”

The Child Care Council for Cornell Cooperative Extension helps with resources in Oneida, Herkimer, and Otsego counties.

Singer is encouraging anyone who might need child care in the fall to do their research now.

“There’s definitely going to be more children than there are child care slots in our community," Singer said. "We’re in a child care desert, we’ve been talking about that for years now, that we need more child care in our area, in all three counties, so its going to be a huge issue.”

She says you can reach out to the Child Care Council for more information and assistance.

You can send an email to earlycareandlearning@cornell.edu, call 1-888-814-KIDS, or head to their website.

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