Changes to federal food program rules may affect food distribution. It’s important that families fill out the WCPSS free and reduced lunch application no matter where we are currently learning. Please note that last year’s qualifications expire 30 days after the first day of school and this form must be filled out annually. Details here: https://www.wcpss.net/meals
With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and there are a number of organizations helping families access it.
- In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the NC Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children. Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685. DHHS also published a guide for parents on What to Know When Looking for School-Age Child Care.
- The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative is a community effort to help address the childcare needs facing our community during remote learning. There are providers currently offering childcare at below-market rates who have the capacity to enroll more children. Scholarships and subsidies are available on a case-by-case basis. Please visit www.wakefast.org for more information.