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All Our Kin COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has deeply impacted All Our Kin's family child care community and raised needs that only stand to grow more urgent with time. As an essential service, family child care providers are on the front lines, caring for the children of our healthcare workers, transit employees, and other who keep society running amidst uncertain times at great risk to themselves.


To this end, All Our Kin seeks to raise $500,000 to establish an emergency relief fund to meet the most urgent needs of the nearly 900 women and 5,000 children in our network of Family Child Care Programs, helping them to weather this storm now and in the weeks to come.



 

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The COVID-19 crisis and its threat to family child care has thrust All Our Kin’s expertise to the fore, and we must support as intensively as we can to protect our network and help to ensure that programs across the nation have a chance to survive. Our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will allow us the flexibility to employ key resources to address the needs of network of nearly 900 family child care providers serving 5,000 children and families as rapidly as they reach us, as well as ensure that we as an organization have the capacity to ensure sustainability in the weeks—and potentially months—to come.

♦Family child care providers need cleaning supplies and health and safety supplies for their programs to operate safely.

Across our network, what our providers need most are the cleaning supplies and sanitizers that have become increasingly scarce and expensive as the pandemic grips the economy. In addition, disposable thermometers, gloves, and other protective gear will be most critical to the health and safety of providers and children alike.

♦ Providers, their children, and families are in urgent need of basic items to remain healthy and safe.

As the crisis unfolds, our communities will face the cascading challenges most likely to occur when under-resourced areas are hit hard by economic decline—food and housing insecurity, difficulty meeting other financial obligations, and more. Relief funds will allow us to respond to the varying needs rapidly and with flexibility, often making all the difference for families in distress.

♦ Programs facing declined enrollment, loss of staff, or total closure need support to mitigate financial loss.

During this time, programs are at risk of myriad unanticipated expenses, such as costs for substitute staff in the event of illness (up to $1,000 per substitute over one 3-week absence) or the loss of unsubsidized child care tuition fees due to family hardship or declined attendance. Nearly 70% of All Our Kin providers enroll at least one child whose fees are not subsidized by public funding, which would amount to thousands of dollars lost each week programs remain closed.

We are certain: no one should be forced to choose between public health and economic security. Our dedicated staff has been working around the clock to ensure that our providers remain informed and supported, but as the pandemic evolves it has become increasingly evident that we need to invest significantly in our capacity to do this work, particularly at the policy level. All Our Kin’s policy team has been working intensively to advocate at the federal, state, and local levels for a policy agenda that will keep family child care whole during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Importantly, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that All Our Kin is recognized as a national leader among our peers in Early Childhood Education policy and advocacy. Intensive efforts in this regard will require a significant investment in staff capacity as well as the technological infrastructure necessary to sustain our work.


How Can You Help?

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the needs of our family child care providers, children, and families will only grow more urgent; yet, our efforts to support have only just begun. All Our Kin needs $275,000 to continue our urgent response efforts and help our communities weather this storm. To make your gift to the emergency fund, use the link below to make your gift securely. Please enter 'COVID19' in the notes field to expedite your support. Thank you!

For more information on the relief fund, please contact development@allourkin.org.





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