Madison organization strives to provide childcare to start new semester

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Madison Metropolitan School District announced Thursday that the spring semester will begin with students outside the classroom returning to virtual learning indefinitely.

With children returning to the virtual learning model a few days before the start of the semester, parents who do not work at home face a dilemma over childcare. A local organization has heard of the stress the situation is putting on parents and is trying to help.

The Progress Center for Black Women opens its doors to its downtown Madison location, offering free child care for parents.

“There were parents who didn’t know what to do, there were teachers who couldn’t get their kids to school, so they’re stressed out,” said Sabrina Madison, the centre’s founder.

Doors open to 25-30 MMSD students, ranging in grades two through six. Madison says staff have planned activities and snacks around the children’s virtual classes. Parents can drop children off as early as 7:00 a.m. and pick them up in the evening, accommodating a variety of work schedules.

As Madison plans for next week, she says she wants to provide babysitting as long as the kids go virtual.

“It is the individuals who live, work, breathe and build in this community who have made the decision to fund the space,” Madison said. “For me, opening up the space to families and children is just a return on investment.”

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