August 4, 2020
The Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider at a special board meeting tomorrow night, support that would allow NUSD to contract with both 4th R Child Care Center and The Center to provide limited childcare and day camps to some of our highest-need students and families during distance learning.
As you know, NUSD will begin the school year in distance learning on August 27th per the California’s guidance that all schools in counties on the State’s COVID-19 Monitoring Watch List must begin the school year in Distance Learning. Across the state and country, learning pods for families who can afford them are being formed. Addressing equity for those who can not afford the thousands of dollars a month for private tutoring and private daycare is important to Natomas Unified. NUSD recognizes that distance learning and safe, affordable child care is a challenge for many students and families.
These two external organizations would run small cohorts, using NUSD school facilities. In return for the facilities, these two groups would provide direct supervision and support for some 700-900 K-5 students across the district.
4th R would continue at their current sites but with less spaces available. Families would be responsible for all 4th R costs. The Center would add services for students, asking parents to provide a monthly payment that is affordable for their current situation. Natomas Unified has offered to provide funding to off-set those who cannot currently pay for these services fully. If approved, The Center’s site day camps will be prioritized by student and family needs, and a lottery held as needed site to site if there are more applicants than space available. 4th R would follow their usual enrollment processes. Both of these programs would include before and after school care and support.
If the Board approves the plan, it would open school facilities for an external, specific use for the first time since this pandemic started. It would also mark NUSD’s Board continued commitment to students, families and equity. NUSD would also be able to share more details and how families would be able to submit their interest later this week.