Mecklenburg County offers ‘fun, affordable’ child care option for May 1 teachers march

Mecklenburg County offers ‘fun, affordable’ child care option for May 1 teachers march

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some community members who are critics of school systems like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancelling class May 1 say it puts a burden on parents for child care.

CMS schools will be closed that day as many teachers head to Raleigh to march for better resources.

“It’s a huge inconvenience,” dad Justin Swartz, who is in favor of the Raleigh event, says. “In our family, we’ll be able to make it work, but I’m well aware that there are people that don’t have the flexibility.”

Mecklenburg County now aims to help with those child care concerns by offering supervision through its Park and Recreation department. It will extend activities for children for a longer period of time that day, as it does on other school holidays.

The aim is for a budget-friendly option for kids May 1. Organizers say a day of supervision and activities will cost $10-25, depending on which recreation center the child will visit.

“We’re big on social equity,” Park and Rec. Manager Jeff Carwile says. “Making sure there’s no barriers prohibiting anyone from participating.”

There are 20 centers across Mecklenburg County. A couple centers have filled, organizers say, with a possibility for a surge in signups.

“As it gets closer to the date, we definitely see enrollment go up,” Carwile says.

More information can be found here.

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