County accepting proposals for afterschool care providers

Created: 06/25/2014 9:20 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More than a month ago, some Bernalillo County parents learned the county would no longer be running after school programs at ten Albuquerque Schools. They were told not to worry and that there would be options, but many parents tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 they’re still waiting to know exactly what those options are.

“I think everybody needs help with childcare. Most families, both parents work and there's a lot of single parents too,” parent Adam Cuevas said.

When Bernalillo County announced in May they’d no longer run its after-school programs at ten APS schools and would instead contract out, parents worried the mentioned alternatives would be astronomically more expensive.

Now, though, the ABC Community Schools Partnership, which shells out some funding for these programs, says it has a timeline in place, and that they’re committed to providing affordable options.

Through the month of July, the county will accept proposals from community non-profits to run the programs. Then, APS schools will have the choice whether or not to approve the county’s chosen groups. Parents will likely learn what their options are, and how much they cost, when they register their students for school.

Cuevas says that leaves him little time to make a decision, so he’s crossing his fingers affordable nonprofits take over.

“I'm hoping somebody will come forward and help,” Cuevas said.

Jose Munoz of the ABC Community Schools Partnership says he’s happy to answer questions from concerned parents at 505-468-1668.

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