JCC offers full-day childcare to aid working parents during pandemic
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JCC offers full-day childcare to aid working parents during pandemic

Program will be offered for nine weeks, beginning Aug. 31

The JCC ECDC welcomed back children beginning June 1. From left Director of Early Childhood Development of JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Liz Baron, 
Assistant Director Squirrel Hill Kelly Gumina,  
Education Program Coordinator Sarah Grimm, 
Education Program Coordinator  Katie Plofker
(Photo by Fara Marcus)
The JCC ECDC welcomed back children beginning June 1. From left Director of Early Childhood Development of JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Liz Baron, Assistant Director Squirrel Hill Kelly Gumina, Education Program Coordinator Sarah Grimm, Education Program Coordinator Katie Plofker (Photo by Fara Marcus)

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh has announced a new full-day childcare program to accommodate families who have children participating in online learning.

The JCC’s new program, All Day at the J, was created in response to working parents’ needs during the coronavirus crisis. The program will accommodate online learning for students in kindergarten to grade 6, and will include activities “to address children’s mental, emotional and physical health needs,” according to a JCC press release.

To ensure adherence with best practices in health and safety, limited space is available.

The program will be located in at the JCC’s Robinson Building on Darlington Road in Squirrel Hill, and will run for nine weeks, from Aug. 31-Oct. 30.

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students are scheduled to begin the 2020-2021 school year online at the end August. The hours for the JCC’s new childcare program have not yet been determined, but will be based on the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ virtual daily calendar.

All Day at the J will be organized with staggered arrival and dismissal times and will offer organized programming outside of the formal hours of instruction.

The JCC resumed its Early Childhood Development Center programs at its Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations on June 1, and day camps in Squirrel Hill, South Hills and Monroeville on June 22. The JCC reopened in compliance with state, county and local guidelines and CDC recommendations, including mandatory masks, social distancing and sanitation practices, and extensive cleaning protocols, according to a press release. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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