NYC Opens Special Centers for Children of Healthcare and Other Essential Workers
The rapid spread of COVID-19 led to the closing of public schools across the country, and now 1.1 million public school students in New York City alone are no longer attending in-person classes. For those who have parents who work in an essential position and are required to work, this leaves them with little place to go, especially if they are too young or facing particular circumstances that make them unable to be alone. Now, children with parents in the medical field, utility departments, postal services, grocery stores, and other essential positions have a place to go during the day while their parents are working on the coronavirus frontlines. 8,000 public school kids in New York City now attend these “regional enrichment centers” that allow them to do their school work in a safe space, eat three meals a day, and learn how to protect themselves from COVID-19 while their parents are at work.