Please follow the instructions below for detailed steps on how to apply.
Welcome to the CHFS Learning Bridges (aka Learning Labs) information page!
With the unique challenge of hybrid learning in our public schools, the CHFS Learning Bridges program is a great way for your child to receive the in-person support they need to safely continue their education while learning remotely.
The following information will help guide you in deciding if the Learning Bridges program is right for you, and allow you to book your spot at one of our four program sites.
WHAT IS LEARNING BRIDGES?
Learning Bridges (aka Learning Labs) is a new program that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE LEARNING BRIDGES PROGRAM?
In order to attend a NYC Learning Bridges program, a child must attend a NYC public school and be in 3-K through 8th grade. More information is available at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges
UPDATE: CHFS Learning Labs are currently accepting K-8 NYC DOE students enrolled in both blended AND remote-only instruction at their schools.
WHAT LEARNING BRIDGES SITES DOES CHFS OPERATE?
We are operating four Learning Labs in the Bushwick/North Brooklyn area:
• Hope Gardens Community Center (422 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
• Cooper Park Community Center (76 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
• PS 299 (88 Woodbine St, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
• PS 75 (95 Grove St, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
All CHFS Learning Lab programs are accepting students in grades K-8.
PLEASE NOTE: CHFS Learning Labs currently do not accept 3-K and Pre-K students. Other programs are available in NYC that specialize in 3-K and Pre-K students. Please let us know if you need help finding a location for your younger children.
DO LEARNING LABS STAY OPEN IF NYC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED?
Learning Labs will remain open to provide child care to those families who need it most. We will continue to serve any currently enrolled students who choose to attend, and can offer students additional days per week, based on our capacity. If there is additional capacity at any of our sites, we will continue to enroll students from our rosters to support families who will rely on the child care during this time.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO KEEP MY CHILD SAFE?
Safety is our top priority and we closely follow up-to-date safety guidance from the Department of Health and Mental Health, Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Department of Education.
Some of the safety measures at our Learning Labs include:
• Health screenings for all individuals entering the building
• Masks are worn by staff and students at all times
• Small, stable class groups (no more than 9 students and 2 instructors per classroom)
• Frequent hand washing and disinfecting of supplies/furniture
• Well ventilated classroom spaces with air purification machines
• Students receive their own supplies whenever possible to discourage sharing of materials
We would be happy to answer any questions about our health and safety practices.
CAN MY CHILD ATTEND LEARNING LABS IF THEIR SCHOOL/CLASSROOM IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID CASES?
Yes, as long as your child is not feeling sick and has not been asked to quarantine because they became infected with COVID-19 or were determined to have been a close contact of an infectious person, they are eligible to attend Learning Labs while their school is closed.
CAN MY CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT ATTEND LEARNING LABS?
No, to be eligible for Learning Labs a child must attend a New York City public school.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY CHILD?
Please complete all 3 steps
Step 1: Complete the Learning Bridges survey at the following link: https://prek4all.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ac4kZNaIMaixbc9. Families can select up to three choices of Learning Bridges locations, whether it is a site that CHFS operates or a program operated by a different provider.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot enroll a child until they are listed as eligible by completing the survey in step 1
Step 2: If your child is eligible, they will appear on our roster within one week from the time you complete the survey. Once your child is on the roster, our program staff will contact parents to begin the enrollment process.
Step 3: Our program staff will help you complete your child’s enrollment application or let you know how to apply by yourself online. Once your child’s application has been accepted you will be notified of a start date for your child.
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