June 2020 Your Smart Start Blog

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Many things have changed since we last checked in. With Gov. Cooper's recent "Stay at Home" order many centers in Henderson County were forced to close, but there are 28 centers currently open in Henderson County serving the families of essential workers. Essential workers rely on childcare programs in order to keep fighting this virus on the frontlines. The educators at these centers are risking their own health in order to make sure that these workers have a safe, reliable, and high-quality environment for their children.

In order to show appreciation for our early childhood heroes in the county, Smart Start Partnership for Children in collaboration with the Children Family Resource Center launched an effort to celebrate early childcare educators as essential workers.

With funding provided by the WNC Bridge Foundation we were able to deliver yard signs provided by NC Printing to all centers open and closed that read “Early Childhood Heroes Work Here”. We also dropped off individually packaged heart-shaped cookies from Gateaux in Hendersonville. Additionally, NC Printing provided ‘We Are All Essential’ t-shirts to all childcare center directors free of charge. Smart Start Partnership for Children strives to be a strong voice for early childhood in our community. We want to make sure that our child care providers feel appreciated and that our community recognizes the essential role that child care providers are playing in the community’s response to Covid-19.