North Syracuse Main Street School, in partnership with the North Area Family YMCA, will offer a new wrap-around childcare program for families whose children are enrolled in the North Syracuse Early Education Program, beginning this September. The wrap-around care will be on site at Main Street School and is designed to allow more families with working parents to take advantage of the school’s preschool programming.
The new program, which is modeled off of the school-age wrap-around care at the Y, will provide childcare before and after Main Street School’s regular school hours. Morning students enrolled in the Y program will receive care beginning at 7:10 a.m., and afternoon students will receive care until 6 p.m. Families of full-day preschool students will be able to register for either one or both of the morning and afternoon wrap-around care sessions.
The full-day Early Education Program at Main Street School runs from 8:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., and the half-day sessions run from 8:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and from 11:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Main Street School Principal Dawn Hussein said that part of what started the partnership with the Y was that the school found itself unable to service its own district employees, because the employees’ hours were longer than the school day.
“If we can’t service our own employees, we’re missing something,” she said. “And parents [were] telling us that they needed a longer day, and a lot of the private preschools in the area were starting to offer wrap-around care, and we thought, ‘This really needs to be something that we explore.’”
Main Street School first explored wrap-around care about five years ago, but the Y wasn’t able to accommodate what the school was looking for then, Hussein said. But as of a couple of months ago, the school began pursuing the option again and is moving forward for a September start.