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City calling on Richmond parents to tell them their childcare needs

"Do you need help with childcare?"
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Posted at 2:29 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 14:29:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mayor Levar Stoney is calling on Richmond to complete a survey to help assess childcare needs and preferences in the city.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Stoney said the survey will help his administration ensure that working families have access to high-quality emergency childcare options.

“If you have a child in Richmond, please take this survey,” said the mayor. “Tell us what this fall is looking like for you, so we can design a solution that fits this city’s needs.”

Stoney says the results of the survey will guide his administration as they determine how best to use the $3 million in CARES Act funding that was set aside for childcare support during the virtual start for Richmond Public Schools.

As parents work, many families face challenges caring for their children and supporting their virtual learning.

“My administration, alongside RPS and the city’s nonprofit partners, has been working to meet the need for emergency childcare in Richmond,” said Mayor Stoney. “The first step is to listen. With this survey, we’re asking families of all kinds: Do you need help with childcare? Ideally, what would that help look like?”

This survey comes after the mayor sent a letter to the RPS School Board on Monday to request the availability of school facilities to create a public option for childcare.

Chesterfield and Henrico Counties have opened some school facilities for child care in advance of the start of the school year.

To take the childcare survey, click here.

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