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An option for school-aged child care for the fall

Posted at 7:17 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 09:43:05-04

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — “Being able to have that flexibility as a business I think really shows that we listen to the community and we give families what they need,” Ellie Poleon Owner of LE3 Inc Child Care in Williamsville said.

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding this school year. To give parents an alternative-- a child care provider and sports complex owner teamed to create a space for kids to learn outside of the house.

“Being able to have that flexibility as a business I think really shows that we listen to the community and we give families what they need,” Ellie Poleon said.

“I’m also a mom of four with three elementary school-aged kids in the fall so I was like what are we going to do if everyone returns to work or if we are not in school five days a week,” Kate Braun Owner of Niagara Frontier Sports in West Seneca.

The two business owners teamed up to create Camp Cranium-- a school-aged child care program for families all over Western New York.

“The purpose of Camp Cranium is to be here for any type of situation,” Poleon said.

If kids go back full time

  • Camp Cranium will provide after school care.

If schools use a hybrid model

  • Parents can send their kids any day of the week.

If school continues to be virtual

  • the camp can be an option for parents if they want to send their kids full time or just a few days a week.

The camp runs 9am until 4pm with breakfast and lunch provided for $50 a day.

“We want to be a resource and option for parents whether you are a working family that just needs help with homeschooling or a family that just needs one day where you just don’t need that responsibility,” Braun said.

The massive sports complex will be able to take up to 100 students from preschool through eighth grade. Staff will be wearing masks at all times. Students will wear them walking around but do not have to wear them when they are doing work at a table.
Once the school work is done, kids will have time for games, sports, and crafts.

You can register your child online right now, and when New York State announces the official plan you'll be able to enroll your children.

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