CLEVELAND, Wis. (NBC 26) -- As thousands of students return to class, thousands more are focused on child care for their children.
For adult learners with children, those two focuses have collided this week. They need to get to class and make sure their children are taken care of.
“We knew we needed to do something," Lakeshore Technical College child care center manager Denise Schroeder said. “LTC has a lot of students that are parents that have school age children.”
College leaders said about 10% of the schools 2,800 students have elementary-aged children.
“What we were hearing in August is that they were hesitant to enroll in classes that were at Lakeshore Technical College because they weren’t sure what their children’s schools were going to be doing," Shroeder said.
The college has since taken action. The school's on-site child care center has been expanded to now include ages 7-12. If those children are forced out of school because of the pandemic, the child care center can help continue their education and also keep parents learning as well. The college has also continued to offer child care for kids ages 2-6.
“What we’re hearing from students in terms of expanding our child care is thank you, we appreciate you listening to us and providing us this option so that we can have some consistency in what’s probably going to be a bumpy couple of months," LTC President Paul Carlsen said.
Students interested in using the center will need to call Schroeder at (920) 693-1243. Children must be picked up from the center when the student’s scheduled in-person class and/or lab has ended.