Affordable child care available during fall 2020

Posted at 1:46 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 15:46:17-04

BOISE, Idaho — The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Boise School District to host day camps at five school-based community centers in Boise this fall. Kid City Camp will be available Monday through Friday and staffed by Parks and Rec team members for kids going into 1st through 6th grades.

The day-long camps will be offered during fall 2020 on weeks the Boise School District does not hold in-person school due to COVID-19.

“We know that Boise parents are struggling and want to do all we can to support them. Our goal is to serve our residents by meeting needs as they arise during COVID-19 by providing care, keeping our children safe, and helping parents during this time of uncertainty,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “I'm proud that our team at Parks and Recreation has stepped up to offer support to families who are now also faced with online school and the need to care for their children while working and doing all they can to get by. As a fellow parent in the Boise School District, I hope this additional childcare option provides peace of mind for residents trying to juggle multiple roles during this pandemic.”

Registration for Kid City Camp will open on August 10 at 8 a.m. Only 24 kids can be at each location and students do not need to attend the school where a community center is based to take part in the program.

For Boise residents, the cost of care is $80 per week per child. For non-residents, the cost is around $123 per week, per child. Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance and no family will be turned away based on inability to pay.

“We are pleased to offer this option for working parents who need help with student supervision during the school day,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “Our community centers have always been a safe haven for kids after school and with this new Kid City Camp model, we will be able to provide a structured setting for students to interact with teachers online during traditional school hours.”

Each week-long camp will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is designed for working parents who do not have the ability to supervise online learning at home.

Current Kid City Camp Dates
August 17-21
August 24-28
August 31-September 4

Kid City Camp Locations
Grace Jordan Community Center (6411 W. Fairfield Ave.)
Morley Nelson Community Center (7701 W. Northview St.)
Taft Kid City Center (3722 W. Anderson St.)
Whitney Community Center (1609 S. Owyhee St.)
Whittier Community Center (255 N. 29th St.)