The YMCA of Honolulu is offering a Learning Center program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose schools are implementing distance learning models.

The full-day program is available beginning Monday, August 17, at our Kaimuki-Waialae, Leeward, Mililani, Nu’uanu and Windward YMCA Branches.

Program hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,

YMCA staff will be available to ensure students attend their virtual learning classes and complete activities assigned by their school. Social enrichment opportunities, arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor physical fitness activities will also be provided.

Students will need to bring their own iPads or laptops along with headphones for their distance learning classes. While WIFI will be provided, students are encouraged to bring their own hotspots if they have them.

All CDC and Department of Health guidelines will be followed. Safety procedures include daily temperature checks and health assessments for all participants and staff, keeping our participants in small, stable groups of no more than 13, requiring masks to be worn at all times, and social distancing, frequent handwashing and regularly scheduled sanitation.

The Learning Center program is $320 per week for each student, which is the actual operational cost to offer this program.

All families are eligible to apply for the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Connection Hawaii subsidy that provides up to $475 per month for up to 6 months for childcare costs. Currently, DHS has lifted income restrictions, so even families who normally would not qualify due to their income are eligible.

To register, visit the YMCA of Honolulu website.

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