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MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW CHILD CARE OPTIONS FOR ‘FURLOUGH FRIDAYS’

 

(Saturday, October 17, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City will make designated District Park facilities available to two childcare providers on Fridays to accommodate families affected by upcoming furloughs of public school teachers and other State employees.

 

            “We know how important childcare is to hard-working parents, and we want to make sure that new options are available for the children who will be out of school on “Furlough Fridays,” Hannemann said. “These are quality programs that include educational curriculum.”

 

            The city has pending agreements with the YMCA Honolulu and Kamaaina Kids to make Kaneohe and Manoa district parks available for child care programs in time for the first Furlough Friday on October 23. Additional district parks may be included, depending on public interest and demand, and proposals from additional childcare providers that meet the concessionaire revocable permit requirements are welcome.

 

The programs will serve children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Program activities will include recreational and educational components. Care will be provided from 6 am to 6 pm. Fees will be determined by the YMCA and Kamaaina Kids, which will handle all registration and program activities.

 

Previously scheduled programs at the parks will not be displaced or affected.

 

            “As our economy and labor challenges continue to grow, so will the need for more qualified childcare on Furlough Fridays,” said Larry Bush, CEO and President of the YMCA of Honolulu. “We are committed to working with the mayor and parks to ensure we are ready to meet the community’s needs in the future.”

 

            Ray Sanborn, executive director of Kamaaina Kids, said, “We look forward to working in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu to provide a safe, stimulating environment for children in need of furlough care.”

 

            For more information and program updates, go to www.ymcahonolulu.org or call 531-YMCA (9622); and www.kamaainakids.com or call 262-4538.

 

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Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Press Secretary, 768-6928