OC Emergency Childcare Task Force to Deliver Essential Supplies to Everyday Heroes

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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The Orange County Emergency Childcare Task Force, formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is collaborating to bring much needed essential supplies to childcare providers who are still open and providing care to essential workers. The task force is facilitated by Early Childhood OC and includes First 5 Orange County, Children’s Home Society of California, Orange County Department of Education, Local Child Development and Planning Council, Community Care Licensing, Orange County Social Services Agency, and Pretend City Children’s Museum. The Emergency Childcare Taskforce was formed to ensure during the COVID-19 pandemic that our most vulnerable children would still have access to safe and responsive childcare.

Through surveys and conversations it became apparent almost all providers did not have access to many essential cleaning and hygiene supplies. Both center-based and family childcare providers alike were faced with rapidly changing and increased health and safety standards, but were unable to access items such as wipes, masks, gloves, diapers, and cleaning supplies. These items are vital to providing a safe environment for children and the childcare workers.

The care package consists of no-touch thermometers, batteries, gloves, hand-sanitizer, and masks, in addition to early childhood development kits. 

“We know how important the first five years are to a child’s development and we want to ensure that all children have the necessary tools to be ready to start kindergarten” said Michael Anderson, senior program manager, First Five Orange County. “With the coordinated efforts of First Five OC, Early Childhood OC and Children’s Home Society of California, we are providing more than 400 kits to childcare providers” said Anderson.

Category: Member News, COVID-19