A local daycare is offering a solution for families in need of wifi for virtual learning.
Little Footsteps Daycare and Learning Center is offering free wifi for students weekdays from 7am to 4pm.
Owner and director Blanca Gonzalez was reflecting on the first week of virtual classes when she had a realization.
“My husband and I were talking about how complicated virtual school had been the first week, and then, you know, we said, ‘Can you imagine the people that don’t have internet?’, and my husband said ‘well then we should help them, how do we set up Wi Fi?’ and that same day, Sunday night, we came over and set up the WiFi to reach outdoors,” she said.
They set up an area outside the daycare for students to sit in the shade, connect to WiFi, and get their school work done.
Parents will need to come and stay with their kids, but it’s not just for elementary or middle school kids. It’s also for college students,” she said. “So anybody that’s in school, whether they’re minors, or not and they need internet access, we’ve set it up for them. With social distancing we might be able to fit about 10 people. We’ll be sure to try to accommodate as many people as possible.
Gonzalez said the daycare and learning center reached their capacity much earlier than normal this year because of an increased demand and reduced capacity.
“We went through major changes because of COVID with social distancing and not allowing people into the building and so we did have to reduce capacity which is why we’re at capacity much sooner than we usually are,” she said.
Despite not being able to offer any additional services at the daycare and learning center for families in need, she hopes this will help the community.
“Everybody who’s in school, anybody that’s in school that doesn’t have internet access, please, you’re welcome to come. We’re happy to help.”
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