By Shonna Clark
“It takes a community” to raise a child! This has become all the more apparent over the last year of isolation and separation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents realize how dependent they have been on their family members to help with babysitting and other support. In more normal times, they’ve been able to take for granted that childcare centers and schools provide meaningful education, healthy friendships and nurturing socialization. But for over a year now, they’ve had to try to meet many of their children’s needs on their own.
“It takes a community” is what we’re attempting to demonstrate as we move toward a planned return to normalcy. We’re depending on others around us to receive vaccinations, to wear masks and practice social distancing and to be tested when they have symptoms. We recognize the need for this to be done gradually and carefully, by the entire community working together.
“It takes a community” is what Altadena Children’s Center is all about. This has always been the Center’s mission, but in this critical moment living out that motto in day-to-day, loving, quality childcare is more important than ever. After being shut down for over two months, ACC thoughtfully re-opened on a limited basis last May, following all the cautious guidelines provided by Public Health and our State Childcare Licensing agency. Many families that were involved in the program a year ago are still enrolled, and new families are being added as space becomes available.
“It takes a community” is the name of ACC’s annual fundraising campaign. Although we’re not able to celebrate together in-person, we’re confident that the spirit of support for our program will be just as strong. We need to tell you that we are currently operating under a deficit budget due to enhanced cleaning measures, reduced group sizes, and increased staffing needed to meet safety protocols. We have survived this year thanks in great part to the support of our ACC Community as well as the Federal PPP Loan, which is only a temporary fix, so we’re thinking creatively about how to expand our services as restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, your help continues to be crucial!
If you are able, please invest in our community. Make a donation to Altadena Children’s Center, and help sustain ACC in these difficult times, as it will preserve the future of ACC for generations to come.
You may mail a check to: Altadena Children’s Center, ATTN: ITAC, 791 E. Calaveras St., Altadena, CA 91001.