Offer before- and after-school care at Rocky River schools

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Rocky River families should have access to quality childcare before and after elementary school. 

The Rocky River school district is working on providing a program, and we support the idea.

Because currently, nearly 75 percent of moms and 93 percent of dads with kids ages 6-17 work outside the home, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Not every family in Rocky River may need this type of support, but plenty of parents here struggle to figure out options before school starts or after it ends.

Many Cleveland-area top-tier school systems offer such a program. Beachwood and Solon provide enriching activities at their elementary schools. Closer to home, Westlake has Project Link from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bay Village school board oversees the Glenview Center for care up to fifth grade. Lakewood works with community groups to provide care at its schools. And Fairview Park schools offer care, as does the city's Gemini Center.

Our kids deserve a similar quality option at a reasonable price. After-school programs improve student success in reading and math, according to the national Afterschool Alliance. And parents would pay the full cost -- no taxpayer support required.

Much like community support made Rocky River's full-day kindergarten option a reality, we hope support now will create a before- and after-school program.



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