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Child care options during RPS distance learning

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:28 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – “Where are they going to go? Who’s going to make sure that they’re still doing their distance learning? We haven’t even figured that out yet,” said Erin Jensen, an Rochester Public Schools (RPS) parent.

Jensen spoke with KTTC a day after RPS announced it would be switching to distance learning for two weeks. Many working parents of younger students are left to find child care options.

RPS interim superintendent Kent Pekel, says the district’s School Aged Child Care (SACC) has expanded slots to service 500 students. The district has a waiting list but is hoping to expand it more next week. This program is free for the regular school day hours.

Another option is Camp Einstein through the Rochester Athletic Club.

“Which they did the last couple of years, which really has been a blessing for us so we may enroll them in that,” Jensen said.

The RAC is relaunching the program because of RPS virtual learning.

“Camp counselors and our educators assist the kids with their school work. The goal is to have all of their school work completed by the end of the day. So we’ll help them with their Zoom meetings, and any homework that they have. One of our personal trainers who has experience working with kids, he’s going to run our PE. So they will have playtime and be active and moving,” said Pamela Ray, RAC Neighborhood Director.

She said the RAC can take about 40 children a day and is about 50 percent full.

“We’re confident it will be a lot of fun and successful. And the goal is to provide a service to the community,” Ray said.

The camp is $55/ day for members and $67/day for non-members.

For parents who need assistance with childcare, Olmsted County has its Child Care Assistance Program. This program can give financial assistance to families who need it.

If you know of any other services providing childcare for RPS students email us a tip at news@kttc.com

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