Childcare funding for Roanoke students funded through CARES Act


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Roanoke is looking to use funding from the CARES Act to help with childcare for students on the hybrid schedule.

Roanoke City Public Schools is preparing a mixture of virtual learning and in-class learning.

The city is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA to provide childcare for the students on the days when they aren’t in school. Those programs are looking to hire a lot of people, and the funding from the CARES ACT could be used to help with that process.

United Way has also teamed up to help with the process, to get families connected to local resources.

“We’re working with the city and the cares act funding they have, and the cares act funding the school system has to think about how we can support families Because while this is very necessary, this doesn’t come for free. It does have an expense attached to it and we want to do all that we can to help families, connect to these resources that’s not going to be an additional burden on them,” said Vivien McMahan with United Way Roanoke Valley.

Families can register through their Smart2Start program. To apply for day programs, fill out the online form by clicking here.

This is similar to the program from Roanoke County Public Schools WFXR News covered last week.

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