COVID-19 has forced the school year to begin unlike any before
Remote learning for all Wake County Public School students has forced parents or guardians who can’t work from home to seek alternative childcare options for younger children and find places where their older kids can attend class virtually with appropriate supervision. And that costs money.
To help, Wake County has launched a new assistance program called WakeSUPPORTS.
WakeSUPPORTS provides funding to working parents, so they can afford to pay for their kindergartners through sixth graders to attend virtual school at a safe location with reliable oversight, or receive before and after school care.
The county will utilize $5 million in CARES Act funding to assist with expenses incurred during August, September and December of 2020. These funds will offer relief to families in Wake County who face the challenge of paying for childcare in this strained economic climate, while trying to work to provide for their loved ones. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 30.