Parents can Return to Work with Support from Lake Area United Way Lake Area United Way invests $578,000 in e-learning, out-of-school care and child care

Fee assistance for out-of-school care is now available to working families in Lake County. Last week Lake Area United Way approved $578,000 in funding to assist working parents who will rely on e-learning, out-of-school care and child care this fall. To qualify, parents must be employed, reside in Lake County, and meet income guidelines.

“Our goal is two-fold,” says Lisa Daugherty, president and CEO of Lake Area United Way, “We want parents to be able to work if their children’s school closes, and we want kids to be safe, supported, and learning.”

The landscape of school COVID teaching models changes daily, which can be confusing. Working parents and their employers need a trusted guide to map out safe, affordable options.  A portion of this United Way funding will support a part time, temporary E-learning and Out of School Care Navigator to work personally with families and employers, directing parents to providers that can meet their children’s needs.

Out-of-school care and child care providers are expanding services this fall, meeting strict health and safety protocols, and lowering the staff-to-student ratio to meet social distancing requirements. Staff members are not substitute teachers, but they can offer e-learning support.

“The YMCA is looking forward to another partnership with Lake Area United Way,” says Jay Buckmaster, CEO at Crossroads YMCA. “We joined together to provide Emergency Childcare at the beginning of the pandemic, and now we’re working to provide safe and affordable options for families through the YMCA’s Out of School Learning programs. We are proud to have a partner to make these options possible during challenging times.”

Lake Area United Way also partners with several child care centers to offer child care support to health care workers, first responders, and low-income families enrolled in school or training/certifications in order to get a better paying job through the United Way “Level Up” program. To apply for a Family Child Care Grant visit:

Lake Area United Way builds strong families by helping people access livable wage jobs; funding quality, affordable child care strategies that support working parents; and providing basic needs support for vulnerable, working families.