Just ninety days after Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and Children, Inc. merged to form Learning Grove, COVID-19 swept through our country and changed how we serve children and families in our community.
A longstanding partner of United Way Success By 6, Learning Grove had to promptly close several childcare centers and cancel college and career readiness programs, home visitation appointments and modify their support network for childcare providers.
The support of the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund activated by United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Greater Cincinnati Foundation allowed them to transition all programs into virtual experiences. In immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Learning Grove opened two childcare facilities for emergency personnel. Following the guidelines of the CDC and government officials, they continued providing affordable, high quality education with low student to teacher ratios.
“Financial support from the fund has been instrumental in helping Learning Grove operate two emergency response childcare sites in Ohio and Kentucky for our community’s health care workers and other essential employees during the epidemic. Funds have also allowed us to distribute critical supplies to families including emergency food, diapers, health and hygiene items and educational materials through our outreach services. We are deeply grateful for this support to help our families during this time,” said Helen Mattheis, VP of Advancement.
The rapid-response fund has distributed more than $2.5 million into the community and will continue to support relief and recovery efforts for those who are most disproportionately affected by – and most vulnerable to – the health, economic, education, housing and social impacts of the crisis.
Thank you to our educators and emergency personnel and other community members who face this pandemic on the frontlines every day.