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How To Support the Early Childhood Community During a Pandemic

July 1, 2020

Join Cindy Jurie, Ph.D, Director of Research and Special Projects at the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (ELCOC). During this webinar, Jurie will discuss how ELCOC stepped up to support child care providers through the pandemic.

Despite child care services being listed as “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic, early learning centers across the U.S. have seen a large number of closures. Providers have found themselves struggling to find supplies to help maintain a clean facility. Others have been faced with the daunting task of seeking financial assistance through the CARES Act.

With the goal of supporting the early childhood community in Orange County throughout the pandemic, ELCOC assembled and distributed cleaning supplies to providers, eased confusion by regularly dispensed information related to the pandemic, and pivoted their business program to provide coronavirus relief consultations.

With these supports in place, Jurie has found that their community members are more hopeful of their ability to remain open, some of whom have begun to receive grant funding for their programs.

“Orlando has a strong tradition of coming together in crisis to support our community,” says Jurie. “Our Early Learning Coalition team has worked collaboratively with our child care community to ensure our children have the best care possible in this time of crisis.”

Jurie has worked in early childhood education for over thirty years, as an infant/toddler/preschool teacher, director, Child Development Associates trainer and college instructor. As Director of Research & Special Projects, Jurie has designed & implemented funded initiatives to support infant/toddler quality, early literacy, business support for directors, and early childhood mental health supports.

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