Living in Florida, we know that disaster can strike at any time. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding have become increasingly common in our state, and the destruction caused by any or all of these disasters can severely impact a community.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a child care center could not open for business due to a disaster? Parents wouldn’t be able to work, child care teachers and owners wouldn’t get paid, and children would be confused by the loss of their routines. Recovery is difficult when a majority of child care centers and family child care homes that children rely on as safe havens suffer disaster-related damage and are unable to operate. As many of you know, the recovery efforts in the areas damaged by Hurricane Michael is slow going and tedious for all who were affected by this horrific storm. Please pray about how you can help our child care community in the panhandle region, including Panama City and Mexico Beach. We have an opportunity to contribute to assist those in need.
The Florida Early Learning Disaster Relief (FELDR) was created with these issues in mind. Its purpose is to assist child care centers, Head Start programs, and family child care homes that are in danger of closing, temporarily or permanently, due to a natural disaster. Through a collaboration of state and national partners, FELDR provides small grants to child care programs in need of repair so they can open their doors to children and families as soon as possible.
“CDEA” is a proud partner of FELDR that helps to ensure that child care programs can remain open in times of disaster and so families can go about the business of restoring their homes and communities,” said Julie Hendry, Executive Director of the CDEA. “FELDR provides hope, help, and healing to child care programs as they restore, renew, and rebuild.”
To learn more about FELDR or to make a financial contribution, visit www.fldisasterrelief.org.