Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest resources and information we have today, April 7, 2020.
Small Business Resources
Navigating the various loan opportunities, unemployment system, and other small business supports can be overwhelming as you work to sustain a pandemic child care program or prepare to re-open after the pandemic.
Join a 3 p.m. webinar today hosted by Groundwork Ohio to hear from experts (including PNC Bank, CityWide, and Porter-Wright) how you can find the resources you need. The webinar will cover:
- SBA Loans including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Eligibility for unemployment
- Other resources and supports from state government, the federal government, private philanthropy to support your small business.
Virtual Training Is Full and More Is On the Way!
Last Friday we opened registration for the 4C for Children virtual training. We had a tremendous response and the 10 classes have been filled. But the good news is, we are working to push out more free virtual training opportunities very soon and we’ll let you know as soon as the sessions are open.
Free Materials, Supplies and Training. How’s That Possible?
Grant Dollars at Work
The 4C for Children virtual training that we rolled out as part of our response to the pandemic is being offered free of charge. You might ask, how is that possible?
The answer is we, like similar agencies throughout Ohio, applied for and received funding this winter from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding we received is being used to support our work in the 15 counties we serve in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley.
Each agency created unique proposals and was awarded funding based on the ideas presented in those proposals. This means that what may be available in one Ohio county may not be available everywhere. One way we are investing these grant dollars is to provide CDA scholarships and all the new free Ohio Approved virtual training.
Your Voice and Your Needs Are Key
Our proposal was submitted pre-pandemic and it was based on the needs that were expressed by early childhood professionals like you as well as the needs we anticipated that the SUTQ 2020 deadline would create for new child care programs serving children eligible for Publicly Funded Child Care.
Today, the COVID-19 health emergency has temporarily changed the landscape of the child care in the community and we are working to adapt the ideas in our proposal to fit the new needs of the child care community. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we hear what your needs are so we can focus our efforts on finding ways to best support you.
You can reach out to your 4C for Children coach if you need additional support. If you don’t currently have a coach, please contact us. Let’s keep the conversation going!
Pandemic Child Care Licensees
Thank You and Keep Talking to Us!
The last week in March you may have spoken with a 4C staff person as we made calls to every pandemic child care program in our regions to see how you are doing and find out what specific needs you have.
As a result of these awesome calls, we have a better picture of what the needs are across the child care community and we are working to match any resources that may be available with those needs.
You also recently received an email requesting that you take a short survey each week. Please consider spending three minutes when you receive this survey providing us with your current capacity and programmatic needs. This information will help us better serve you by connecting families in our community with child care.
For more information about 4C for Children services as well as resources related to the COVID-19 health emergency, visit our website.