Learning Bridges is a program, new for the 2020–21 school year, that provides free childcare options for families of children from 3-K through grade 8, on days when students are scheduled for remote learning. The first phase of enrollment prioritized access for high-needs students, including students living in shelters; student-group sizes were kept small out of an abundance of caution for health and safety.
In the coming days, the DOE will broaden access to Learning Bridges programs, so that more families can attend programs, by drawing students from multiple schools to a single Learning Bridges site. In broadening access to Learning Bridges, students will no longer need to attend a matched school to enroll in a program. This additional flexibility will ensure that Learning Bridges seats are available to more schools and as many families as possible. Interested families should complete the Learning Bridges application, which takes less than five minutes; applications are accepted on a rolling basis and if a school is not listed (non-matched), families should leave those fields blank. Offers are made on a weekly basis and new seats and sites will continue to be added throughout the fall.
Do know that there is a Learning Bridges program operating out of the P.A.L. Miccio right here in Red Hook. The program has seats available to accept additional families who will need the childcare services.