Boys & Girls Club offers expanded care, homework help

5 August 2020

Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat

The past few months have provided a steady drumbeat of bad news and dire predicaments for Sonoma County parents: closed campuses, bored and anxious children, reduced child care slots, stretched budgets and the constant push-pull between earning money and supervising the kids, with no end in sight.

The Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin believes it can provide a sliver of relief. The organization is working with a dozen school districts to greatly expand access this fall, turning its traditional after-school care into a full-day program.

The Boys & Girls Club seeks to implement the plan at as many as 12 existing club sites in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Guerneville and Cloverdale. Starting Aug. 17, the day classes begin in most districts, those centers will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., giving school-aged students (5 through high school graduation) a place to log into online instruction, do homework and interact with peers.

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