The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has voted to revise the county’s K-6 Distance Learning Child Care Program. The Board’s action limits the capacity of the program and lowers the cost to participants.
During the September 15 business meeting, the Board voted to:
Cap the number of children in the program at 600, which eliminates the need for libraries and community and recreation center locations for the program. The service will continue to be offered at 11 elementary schools and two leased buildings.
- Reduce program fees. The new monthly rate for the five-day, full-day program is $690, which is 70% of the original rate. The new monthly rate for the five-day, school day program is $345, which is 50% of the original rate. (Loudoun County Public Schools Free and Reduced Lunch Program participants receive a 50% discount; and employees of Loudoun County Government and LCPS receive a 10% discount.)
- Increase the flexibility of the program by offering it for two or three days a week in addition to the current five-day program at commensurate rates.
- Registration for the K-6 Distance Learning Child Care Program continues on a rolling basis. Parents who are interested in the service may find program details and a link to register at loudoun.gov/DLchildcare.
The Board was able to lower the cost of the program by reducing total enrollment, temporarily diverting staff resources within the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, which operates the child care program, and adjusting the program’s funding formula that includes federal dollars from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, fees from participants, and local dollars from the county’s general fund. Funding details are outlined in the staff report that was presented to the Board.
The Board asked county staff to reevaluate the program after it launched with lower enrollment than expected. The program was developed to support working parents who have an unexpected need for child care this fall due to the LCPS decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year with all distance learning. The original scope of the county’s plan was based on surveys of parents in the community who expressed a significant need for the service.
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