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New York City to provide child care to supplement partial school reopening plans

New York City to provide child care to supplement partial school reopening plans
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio calls for investigation into former aide's claims against Cuomo The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan New Yorkers should double mask until at least June, de Blasio says MORE (D) said Thursday that the city will provide child care for about 100,000 students as part of its planned partial reopening of schools this fall.

The city’s current reopening plan calls for students to attend in-person lessons only part of the week, with all-virtual learning two to three days per week. Under the schedule de Blasio announced, child care will be available to all parents, regardless of ability to pay, on remote days.

The mayor said the city will use “every conceivable space” for child care, including libraries, community centers and cultural organizations.

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"We've got to give more ability to parents who need to get back to work ... child care will make all the difference in the world," de Blasio said at his daily news conference Thursday.

De Blasio said the city would tailor the child care offerings to different age groups but cautioned that they were a work in progress.

"We're having to create something that didn't exist before on this scale to accommodate a new need and a new reality," he said.

The mayor had previously said that while reopening schools is “the single biggest part of reopening our city,” the school system is currently not capable of fully reopening with safe social distancing measures in place, according to USA Today.

“When you think about social distancing, you need more space,” he said. “You’re going to have fewer kids in a classroom, fewer kids in the school building.”

The plan comes as the White House is applying pressure for K-12 education as well as higher education to fully reopen in the fall. Several districts, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Richmond, Va., have said they will continue all-digital classes, while Fairfax County, Va., said it will postpone the beginning of the school year.