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KCUR Presents A Community Conversation For Parents About Summer Break In Kansas City

Sylvia Maria Gross
KCUR 89.3
Many Kansas City school children have been officially out of school since mid-May, after switching to online learning in March.

Most K-12 students in the Kansas City metro area are now on summer break, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, many camps and child-care programs are closed. Working parents are facing another few months of juggling their jobs and providing outlets for their children to develop, get exercise and socialize.

“Parents of all backgrounds are stressed and trying to figure out what to do,” says Angela DeWilde, executive director of Start at Zero, a Kansas City non-profit promoting healthy early childhood development. “Our to-do lists don’t need to get longer.”

On Monday, June 1 at noon, KCUR 89.3 presents a virtual community conversation on Facebook Live with five experts who can answer questions and help parents develop a framework for making decisions about summer break.

They’ll share what in-person summer camps and childcare looks like this summer if parents need to send their kids, whether it’s safe to go to the pool, have playdates or see grandparents.

Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Natasha Burgert, pediatrician, Pediatric Associates, blogs at kckidsdoc.com
  • Elizabeth Holzschuh, epidemiologist, Johnson County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Deidre Anderson, CEO, United Inner City Services
  • Dr. Sarah Martin, vice president of health solutions, mySidewalk
  • Vladimir Sainte, clinical social worker, Truman Behavioral Health

Go to KCUR’s Facebook page to RSVP and submit a question.

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