Children’s Aid Stays Open on Holidays

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If you think about it, there are many dates when schools close but adults still must work, therefore presenting a dilemma for parents who may not have an alternative child care option. On most holidays (i.e. winter break, Martin Luther King’s Birthday), Children’s Aid centers and community schools run a full day of programming so that parents do not need to make special arrangements. The day can consist of a range of recreational and academic activities/trips as well as holiday-related themes.

Most recently, P.S./I.S. 50 incorporated a Winter Wonderland theme into their winter break holiday program. The children created and exhibited winter-like environments and landscapes using art supplies as well as recyclable materials. Holiday program participants at P.S. 152 had a Holidays Around the World Workshop and Etiquette Tea Party just in time for all the dinner celebrations of the New Year.

“I know of many parents who would have to take time off of work to stay home with their children during holiday school closings. For this community that would be a financial burden, so being able to keep the school open for children on those days is most definitely a big help in keeping those families stable,” - Alondra Garcia, Program Director at P.S. 8, a Children’s Aid Society Community School.