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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why are the taxpayer and a non-profit now competing with private caregivers? I just don't get this unfair competition.

Ligonier Valley School District will partner with the Ligonier YMCA in the coming school year to offer day care in Laurel Valley Elementary School, as the school board has approved the proposed program, which will accommodate students before class as early as 6 a.m. and after class until 6 p.m.
“We know that before and after school care for elementary students really can cause a problem for families,” said Superintendent Chris Oldham during the school board's work session on Monday. “Parents who have trouble finding care for their children will be able to drop their students off at the elementary school with the YMCA program and be on their way to work, knowing their kids are in a safe and supervised environment.”
YMCA staff will care for the students, providing snack time, games, and homework help. The YMCA will operate the program through January. If at least 10 students are still enrolled in the program by that time, the program will continue. While the program is not free, parents can apply for financial assistance.

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