COLORADO SPRINGS — As if parenting during the middle of a pandemic isn't hard enough, imagine being a single mom or dad having to work from home while making sure your kids are still staying on top of their school work. It's a tough job for anyone, but one local nonprofit wants to help.
The Salvation Army has always had youth programs available but since the pandemic hit, they've noticed a great need in our community. The Red Shield Remote Learning Center Program started on Aug. 24.
It's a full-time program where children receive breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily while receiving support from red shield staff on remote learning. All of the classrooms are separated by age and mask-wearing is required.
So far the response from parents has been huge. It's a relief to know that you can leave your child somewhere safe, and they'll still be looked after while given constructive things to do.
"It's nice to know that we are meeting a very practical need that many working families have," said Executive Director Capt. Doug Hanson. "If mom and dad if have to work and your child is home that can be a huge cost."
It's worth mentioning that Colorado ranks as one of the most expensive places for childcare costs. This program offers those struggling parents childcare at a discounted rate.
"Our program costs but it is minimized greatly because we know who we are serving," Hanson explained.
Due to the high demand in our community, spots filled quickly but a waiting list is available for those interested. 44 children are enrolled in the program now. The total cost for this program will be about $40,000 and they are looking for donations to help. It only costs $25 to feed one child for a month.
To donate, click here.