For more information, contact:

Jessica Gaul

Executive Director




Roseburg, Oregon (05.19.2020) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center has received a $21,000 grant from the Whipple Foundation Fund of Oregon Community Foundation to support its Cobb Childcare and Preschool operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica Gaul, executive director of Cobb Children’s Learning Center, said the funds would be used directly to offset the cost of operating under emergency license and restricted reopening in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While child care is allowed to resume statewide under Phase 1, the restrictions for centers remain much the same as under emergency license. Cobb Childcare & Preschool remains committed to providing care for the children of critical, essential workers who keep the Douglas County community moving forward. 

“Without the support of grants such as these, we would be unable to ensure care for the children of essential workers,” executive director Gaul said. “Under emergency license, and now as we move into the phased reopening of our state, our care capacity is greatly reduced, while the demand for care continues to grow. This grant will allow us to open additional classrooms, increasing access to high-quality early education. Now more than ever, it is important for children to have a sense of normalcy and safety; this grant will help provide that for our young citizens”

About Cobb Children’s Learning Center

Cobb Children’s Learning Center was started as Cobb Street Children’s Learning Center on Cobb Street, in 1994 by Sister Jeanita Richter to meet the growing demand for childcare services in Roseburg, Oregon. Today, the Organization is known as Cobb Children’s Learning Center and operates the Cobb Childcare & Preschool located on Walnut Street in Roseburg, serving Douglas County children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. For more information about Cobb Children’s Learning Center, or the Cobb Childcare and Preschool, call 541-957-1008 or visit

About the Whipple Foundation Fund

The Whipple Foundation Fund was established in 2003 by Mildred Whipple to improve, facilitate and enhance lifelong learning for the citizens of Douglas County. The Fund places emphasis on funding strategic initiatives to address school readiness and healthy families in collaboration with other funders. This may include programs that support prenatal and women’s health, parenting education, child abuse prevention and school readiness.You can learn more about the fund HERE.