Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove Partners with OC Emergency Childcare Task Force to Deliver Essential Supplies to Early Childcare Providers
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 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. The Emergency Childcare Taskforce was formed to ensure during the COVID-19 pandemic that our most vulnerable children would still be able to have access to safe and responsive childcare.
Through surveys and conversations it became apparent almost all providers did not have access to 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 unable to access items such as toilet paper, wipes, masks, gloves, diapers, and cleaning supplies. These items are vital to providing a safe environment for children and the childcare workers.
Childcare Providers in Orange County who are currently open serving essential workers are eligible to receive supplies. Providers completed a survey and will be given a care package for their programs. The care package consists of toilet paper, bleach, hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, cloths and other cleaning items. Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove will be providing no touch door-to-door delivery and pick-up services. “We have organizational assets like vans and buses that are non-operational at the moment, and we know firsthand what it is like to be a provider and not be able to access supplies when needed, so our team has jumped into action and we are delivering these essential supplies in our vans. It was a natural fit within our mission to serve children and re-purpose our transportation fleet”, said Mark Surmanian, CEO. “With the coordinated efforts of Early Childhood OC and Children’s Home Society of California we are hoping to deliver 500 care packages to childcare providers.”