When New Milford Schools made the decision to return to school this fall under the “hybrid” model, The United Way says it left many working parents in a difficult child-care bind. The New Milford Youth Agency offered an affordable option for families needing child care on the days their children were not in school, providing care for as little as $5 per hour. But two children in a family needing 15 hours of care, still added up to $150 a week in unanticipated costs. United Way of Western Connecticut recognized the need for scholarships for hardworking, struggling New Milford families and provided a $6,500 mini grant to the New Milford Youth Agency, so that some children could receive scholarships to attend their program at a lower cost. The United Way was able to fund about 1,300 hours of child care.