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COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $16,566 EMERGENCY CHILDCARE GRANT FOR COVID-19 SUPPORT
Roseburg, Oregon (09.23.20) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center has received a $16,566 grant from the Oregon Department of Early Learning to support its operations at Cobb Childcare and Preschool while operating under an emergency license.
Jessica Gaul, executive director of Cobb Children’s Learning Center, said the funds will go directly towards staff salaries. “While our classroom sizes have stabilized since our last emergency grant award, our staff are continuing to work extended hours in order to provide consistent and stable care for the children of our community. Proper compensation is a critical component of our commitment to hiring the brightest and best early educators, and we are pleased to be able to pay our teaching staff above market rate, even during times such as these.” executive director Gaul said. “Across the country, it is estimated that as many as half of all child care centers will close permanently due to COVID, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress (Malik, et. al, 2020). Rural communities will perhaps be hit hardest, most especially in terms of recruiting and retaining staff; we are pleased to be in a position where we can continue to provide high-quality care and early education for families for the foreseeable future, thanks in part to grants such as this.”
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 secular childcare services in Roseburg, Oregon. Today, the organization is known as Cobb Children’s Learning Center, and is a non-profit organization, operating 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 www.cobbschool.org.
About the Oregon Department of Early Learning
The mission of the Oregon Early Learning Division is to support all of Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. They value equity, making a positive impact for children and families, dedication, integrity and collective wisdom to benefit Oregon children and families.
They work as an integrated team focused on: Child Care, Early Learning Programs and Cross Systems Integration, Policy and Research, and Equity.
Malik R., Hamm, K., Lee, W., Davis, E., and Sojourner, A. (2020, June 22). The Coronavirus Will Make Child Care Deserts Worse and Exacerbate Inequality. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/reports/2020/06/22/486433/coronavirus-will-make-child-care-deserts-worse-exacerbate-inequality/