During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools are cancelled and many child care programs are closed. The community realizes that the shortage of child care in Kosciusko County is affecting the most essential medical employees.
Unusual times sometimes call for unusual responses. With many people and organizations coming together, a temporary child care center has been set up in just two weeks’ time!
- Opening Monday, April 27, 2020, is a Pop-Up Center to meet the needs of essential medical workers. This temporary care will operate Monday-Friday, until social distancing orders are lifted and other child care programs begin to reopen. Initial hours of operation are 6 am-8:30 pm.
- The child care service is free to all essential medical workers, thanks to funding by local foundations.
- The Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church has offered their beautiful, safe children’s space to be used for child care.
- The provider of care for this program is Early Childhood Alliance (ECA). For 67 years, ECA has provided programs and services to meet the needs of children, families and communities in northeast Indiana.
- The staffing for the child care is provided by the employees of the Warsaw YMCA.
Experienced in working with children, the staff have undergone background checks and training to ensure that the children are safe and well cared-for and will have rich experiences each day.
- LaunchPad, Kosciusko County’s Child Care and Early Learning Coalition, has taken on the role of coordinating all partners to open the child care. LaunchPad Director, Sherry Searles, will be the on-site director.
There are so many who have come together to make this possible. We hope this service allows you to carry out the important work that you do every day, knowing that your children are safe and cared for.
The Early Childhood Alliance Pop Up