Early Childhood

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Cora's Kids Help Danbury Residents Head Back to Work

DANBURY, CT -- While many of the providers in the Cora’s Kids network were not operating during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic because their clients lost jobs or were afraid to send their children to care, 32 of the 35 providers in the network are now open and ready to begin accepting children into their programs. Cora’s Kids is part of the DanburyWORKS initiative, whose mission is to improve equity and the quality of life in the City of Danbury; United Way of Western Connecticut provides backbone support.

Friday, June 12, 2020
Child Care and Early Education Providers Are in Crisis. How Are Funders Responding?

NEW YORK, NY -- There is near-universal consensus that early-childhood education programs can break cycles of poverty and lead to lasting upward mobility. But funders say they have always been fragile, and have only become more so due to COVID-19. Early care and education do not receive much public investment compared to K-12 public education. The result is a patchworked system—if you can call it a system—kept afloat by various sources of revenue. Most early care and education providers teetered at the financial edge, with a month or two of reserves on hand even before the crisis. Weeks of closure have likely led to permanent closures for thousands of child care centers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Will the virus kill American child care? Centers across America need help desperately

NEW YORK, NY -- Imagine, for a moment, a future when the coronavirus pandemic is at last behind us. Stores are reopening, people are leaving their homes and workers are returning to their jobs. However, because Congress did not provide for the thousands of child-care providers across the country that desperately needed assistance, the vast majority have been forced to close their doors forever.

Monday, March 30, 2020
Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs Announce Emergency Child Care for Hospital Staff and First Responders During COVID-19 Crisis

SOUTHINGTON, CT -- Southington Community YMCA opened its child care doors again to serve hospital staff in need of child care during the Covid-19 crisis that is impacting the local community and nation.We are so grateful to Main Street Community Foundation for expediting a bridge grant from the Barnes Memorial Trust to fund the startup costs associated with establishing emergency childcare services for front line hospital workers and first responders