Homeless students should be allowed to attend the city’s under-enrolled child care centers, set up for families of frontline workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday.
Echoing calls from advocates, Stringer asked Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to open these centers up to homeless students, charging that shelters are not an appropriate place for students to learn. Students in shelters often don’t have the space and supports needed for remote learning, like internet access.
“For students who are homeless, the stability and continuity of a safe learning environment could make the difference between keeping pace and falling behind their peers,” Stringer wrote in a letter to Carranza. “We simply cannot afford the devastating consequences for these children if they fall further behind.”