Childcare working to stay open, seeks donations

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Childcare providers in Hoke County are working hard to stay open and provide crucial care to the children of essential workers, according to the Hoke County Partnership for Children and Families. 

“If those child care providers were not able to do their jobs, then health care providers, grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, and other essential workers would not be able to do their jobs,” the Partnership said in a press release this week.

Jean Squier, executive director of Hoke County Partnership for Children and Families, said childcare providers are stretched by the emergency situation.

“Child care providers are feeling the strain of this pandemic just like the rest. They are having difficulty finding some items critical to caring for children,” Squier said in a statement.

“How can you help? You can donate some of the supplies they need to remain open:  bleach, dish soap, liquid hand soap, digital thermometers, diaper wipes, and paper products like paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, and small disposable cups. We will be collecting these items and distributing them to child care providers who need them throughout the month of April.” 

Essential workers who need help finding or paying for childcare throughout the crisis should call 1-888-600-1685. You will be connected with a referral specialist with current information on childcare facilities in our area.

“As always, my staff and I are available to assist with any questions that arise regarding childcare,” Squier said.

Donations can be dropped off at 1089 East Central Avenue, or call (910) 904-5452 to arrange for pick-up. The Hoke County Partnership for Children and Families is a non-profit agency. All donations are tax-deductible.