As the capital’s tens of thousands of elementary school students prepare to embark on their summer holiday, the Jerusalem Municipality announced Tuesday that 70 percent of the city’s first graders have been enrolled into its free July summer daycare program.
The three-week program, conceived by the Education Ministry, has enrolled approximately 9,200 students from the western part of the city, as well as 2,823 first-graders from east Jerusalem, the municipality said.
From July 1 to July 21, over 300 educational centers will be operational in all sectors of the city at no cost on Sunday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
In a statement, the municipality said the students will be provided with a light breakfast and participate in activities overseen by a professional staff including art, chess, reading and watching plays.
Noting that Jerusalem has the largest school system in the country, Mayor Nir Barkat said the municipality continues to work closely with the city’s parents to facilitate summer activities for children that will “provide a framework for values and education.”
“We continue to strengthen young families in the city and attract young people to Jerusalem,” Barkat said.