Gothamist: “There Are No Kids Here”: Some Enrichment Centers For Children Of Essential Personnel See Light Attendance On Day One


March 23, 2020

Some workers said they had little to do on opening day of the Regional Enrichment Centers that the city set up on Monday to provide care for the children of essential personnel battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victoria, a Department of Education nurse from the Bronx who didn’t want to give her last name because she wasn’t authorized to speak to the press, said she and two dozen other staffers waited in vain at a Regional Enrichment Center on the Upper East Side when no students showed up on Monday.

“I got up this morning at 5 a.m. I left my own children at home. I drove here. I’m passing numerous signs on the road saying, “New Yorkers be safe, stay home.” And here we all are, all the staff here,” Victoria said in a phone interview Monday. “There are no kids here.””

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