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A new City of Maricopa program will support parents and students as they begin learning online.

Afterschool Connect, launched by the Community Services Department, seeks to provide educational support, internet access and online platform navigation, the City announced Monday in a news release.

Families can get one hour of reserved time to work with a teacher free of charge from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Two teachers at each location will work with up to 10 families at a time each hour in separate classrooms to allow for appropriate physical distancing, the City said. Staff will also provide onsite supervision of additional children ages 3 to 12 for the hour of reserved time. Parents must be present with their student.

The program will start on August 3 at Pima Butte Elementary and expand to Saddleback and Maricopa elementary schools in mid-August. The program is open to all Maricopa students including those attending charter schools. (Plans to expand the program to local charter schools have been discussed but currently, none have given approval to proceed.)

Afterschool Connect will continue throughout the duration of online learning. Global Water Resources is providing partial funding for the program.

Sign-ups will take place on Activenet, the online portal used by the City for online registration for recreation programs. To register or learn more about the program, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

The Community Services Department is hiring for the program. Apply online at the City of Maricopa’s job page.

For information, contact Nathan Ullyot by phone at (520) 316-6966 or by email at nathan.ullyot@maricopa-az.gov.