Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke will continue to serve our community as an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program to support essential workers and vulnerable families. All other programs will remained closed until further notice.

As a result of Gov. Baker order to close to close non-essential businesses, organizations and schools, the Club will continue to be a place where the health and well-being of your children are the focus. Our Organization will operate as an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program for only stated mandated essential workers and vulnerable families. The program will operate Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM, will serve youth ages 5-13 years old and it will be free to eligible families. The program will operate until April 6th and extended on an as need basis. For more information, please contact Eileen Cavanaugh at 413-530-5201 or email to discuss program enrollment.

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
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APPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY:
BGCA has developed policies to ensure the safe and appropriate use of technology in Clubhouses, including computers, mobile technology and social media. Resources, trainings and activities are tailored for various audiences and age ranges, including kids, tweens, teens and adult staff members. Additionally, BGCA provides Clubs with digital use policy templates to help Clubs create their own local policies.

Internet Safety
HBGC is in compliance with CIPA (Childrens Internet Protection Act) Our system provide web content filtering and application control, as well as security measures for data privacy.
CIPA Compliance relates to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.
CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-Rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules for CIPA compliance. More recently, Congress enacted additional protections for children using the Internet.

CIPA Certification
Our Untangle’s NG Firewall service qualify under Category II, which includes both firewalls and routers. Professional services and technical support may also be eligible. Please see the USAC Eligible Services List.

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