COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $21,000 GRANT FOR COVID-19 SUPPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Jessica Gaul

Executive Director

541-957-1008

Jessicag@cobbschool.org

 

COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $21,000 GRANT FOR COVID-19 SUPPORT

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 www.cobbschool.org.

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Jessica Gaul Executive Director 541-957-1008 Jessicag@cobbschool.org   COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $2,000 “FARM TO SCHOOL” GRANT FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Roseburg, Oregon (05.11.2020) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center has received a $2,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Education to support its Garden to Table […]

COBB RECEIVES $2,000 “FARM TO SCHOOL” GRANT FROM ODE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Jessica Gaul

Executive Director

541-957-1008

Jessicag@cobbschool.org

 

COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $2,000 “FARM TO SCHOOL” GRANT FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Roseburg, Oregon (05.11.2020) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center has received a $2,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Education to support its Garden to Table initiative at Cobb Childcare and Preschool. 

Jessica Gaul, executive director of Cobb Children’s Learning Center, said the funds would be used to increase the fresh fruit and vegetable offerings at the center, helping children to create healthy relationships with food.  “These funds will be used to procure local, fresh ingredients for our daily meal offerings. By creating relationships with our local farmers, ranchers and food manufacturers, we can both support our local economy and grow our Garden to Table program,” executive director Gaul said.

About Cobb’s Garden to Table Initiative

The Cobb Preschool Garden to Table initiative is rooted in research which shows that only 40% of children ages 1-18 meet the USDA recommendations for fruit intake; only 7% meet vegetable recommendations. By creating a program where children grow their own food, and gain insight to how their food is grown, we can  improve the health and well-being of the children within our community and to encourage healthy relationships with food from an early age… READ MORE

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 www.cobbschool.org.

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  The Cobb Preschool Garden to Table initiative is rooted in research which shows that only 40% of children ages 1-18 meet the USDA recommendations for fruit intake; only 7% meet vegetable recommendations.[1] Cobb Preschool is located in Roseburg, a rural community located in Douglas County, Oregon with a mission of providing equitable access to […]

Cobb’s Garden-To-Table Initiative

 

The Cobb Preschool Garden to Table initiative is rooted in research which shows that only 40% of children ages 1-18 meet the USDA recommendations for fruit intake; only 7% meet vegetable recommendations.[1] Cobb Preschool is located in Roseburg, a rural community located in Douglas County, Oregon with a mission of providing equitable access to high-quality care and early education.  More than twenty percent of the children served are at or below poverty level and we know it is likely many more of our students live in food-insecure households.  The Garden to Table initiative was created to improve the health and well-being of the children within our community and to encourage healthy relationships with food from an early age.

The Garden To Table initiative was developed to:

  • Incorporate gardening as a norm for science, collaboration, developmental milestones and food;
  • Increase consumption of vegetables and fruits, to improve nutrition and health outcomes;
  • Improve knowledge and excitement about agriculture, gardening, food, nutrition and the environment;
  • Support economic development by increasing opportunities for local farmers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers to connect directly to students; and
  • Encourage environmental stewardship.

 

[1] Ridberg, R. A., Bell, J. F., Merritt, K. E., Harris, D. M., Young, H. M., & Tancredi, D. J. (2019). Effect of a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program on Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Preventing Chronic Disease16, E73. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd16.180555

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Jessica Gaul Executive Director 541-957-1008 Jessicag@cobbschool.org   COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER  LAUNCHES #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT ITS CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL   Roseburg, Oregon (05.04.20) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center (CCLC) has launched its new donation campaign, aimed at continuing its mission of providing high quality care and education […]

COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER  LAUNCHES #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT ITS CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Jessica Gaul

Executive Director

541-957-1008

Jessicag@cobbschool.org

 

COBB CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER  LAUNCHES #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT ITS CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL

 

Roseburg, Oregon (05.04.20) — Cobb Children’s Learning Center (CCLC) has launched its new donation campaign, aimed at continuing its mission of providing high quality care and education for Douglas County children. The #GivingTuesdayNow campaign is centered around “Caring  Isn’t Canceled,” according to the organization. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity on May 5 aimed at driving donations and engagement to address ongoing emergency needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

At Cobb Children’s Learning Center, the Childcare & Preschool is still operating with nearly full staff to ensure consistent, high quality care, according to executive director Jessica Gaul.

“Under Executive Order 20-12, CCLC closed its preschool & childcare for the month of April, waiving charges to families in an effort to reduce the burden of added expenses for families. We absorbed the significant overhead costs of closure, and reopened May 1st, at half capacity. Many children of non-essential families do not need care right now, yet tuition is our single most critical income stream which allows us to pay our staff a living wage. In these uncertain times, your giving is more important than ever,” said Jessica Gaul, Cobb Children’s Learning Center’s Executive Director. “Your support will allow us to continue to provide an emergent, child-centered  approach to early childhood education while operating under an emergency license. Your generosity will help us while maintain the ability to reopen fully when things begin to resemble normal. Now more than ever, children need stability and a sense of familiarity. We are so incredibly happy to be open and providing an essential service for our community.”

Those interested in joining Cobb Children’s Learning Center’s  efforts on #GivingTuesdayNow can find more details online by visiting their website

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 www.cobbschool.org.

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Cobb Childcare & Preschool Reopening

On May 1st 2020, Cobb Childcare & Preschool will resume caring for the children of essential workers under the authority of the State of Oregon Early Learning Division and have secured an emergency license to operate our childcare and preschool. The State of Oregon has not defined essential businesses, nor essential workers. We do not hold the burden of determining whether an individual is considered essential or not. However, we ask families to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Department of Early Learning in order to allow us to care for the children of the most critically necessary workers. The list can be found HERE.

ALL current families must complete the childcare needs survey in order to build our class list & offer any available spots to the community at large.

As a balance to the needs of our families, equitable access for those in need, and maintaining financial solvency, Cobb Childcare and Preschool is offering three options for families in the month of May and June 2020, assuming we will be back to “business as usual” in the month of July, but will adapt if the situation warrants:

Option 1) Children of essential workers can enroll with full tuition

Option 2) We will hold your child’s previous spot with a $100/month holding fee per child

Option 3) Parents may disenroll their child/ren and join the waitlist to reenroll at a future date (note: each classroom currently has a 9-18 month waitlist).

Families who do not complete the survey will be charged regular tuition for the month of May 2020. Failure to pay tuition by May 5th will result in disenrollment of the child.

CHANGES UPON REOPENING

Our previous restrictions remain in place:

  • Children will be dropped off in the lobby, and temperature checked before admission. We ask families to please wait outside if there is a family dropping off in the lobby. If need be, we will designate waiting spaces outside with 6-foot markers.
  • Classrooms are limited to 10 total children per classroom, and will not merge with other classrooms during COVID-19. To accomplish this for our teacher’s working schedules, our hours will temporarily change to 7:30 am- 5:30 pm based on our Previous COVID Needs Assessment
  • Per the Oregon Department of Early Learning best practices during the outbreak, we will provide individual meals for children, rather than the family-style meals we normally provide. We are working hard to determine which meals will continue to qualify for reimbursement under the food program. If this proves too difficult, we will ask families to begin bringing meals from home while we are operating under our emergency license.
  • The CDC does not require face masks for children or child care workers. However, masks will be optional for our staff and required along with gloves for those who are temp checking.
  • Hand Sanitizer: along with our ramped up environmental sanitizing and disinfecting, we will also have hand sanitizer for children and teachers to use in between washings. Hand sanitizer will be kept out of reach of children when not used under supervision.

Our COVID procedures can also be found below:

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Welcome our New Early Childhood Center Director!!

Rica is an award-winning early childhood professional with deep roots in volunteer and community service. She is promoted from her current position as Associate Director of Teaching and Learning, where she has been instrumental in jump-starting Cobb’s emergent kindergarten readiness program, and developing our school-wide curriculum approach. Prior to joining Cobb, Rica worked as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Gardner School in Nashville TN.

She works alongside our Executive Director- Jessica Gaul, and Associate Director- April Alleman to bring high-quality care and education to Douglas County families in an emergent, child-centered approach.

Rica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural and International Communications from CSU Sacramento.

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Dear Cobb Childcare & Preschool Families: First and foremost, thank you all for your fantastic support during this uncertain situation. We’ve been working hard to ensure all children and teachers stay safe, and have created a temporary policy which we feel will help us best do that: Effective March 23rd, 2020, no one other than […]

COVID-19 Plan of Action effective 3.23.2020

Dear Cobb Childcare & Preschool Families:

First and foremost, thank you all for your fantastic support during this uncertain situation. We’ve been working hard to ensure all children and teachers stay safe, and have created a temporary policy which we feel will help us best do that:

  • Effective March 23rd, 2020, no one other than teachers and children will be allowed past the lobby. Children will be dropped off to a staff member in the lobby and brought to the appropriate classroom by a staff member. We will have teachers available for drop off until 9:30 am, so please make sure your children arrive before then.
  • All children will be temperature-checked at drop off. Children with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter. Children’s hands will be wiped upon entry. Please note- this may slow down drop-off, so please plan for a few extra minutes.
  • Pick up: Children must be picked up in the lobby as well. In order to facilitate this, parents are asked to message via BrightWheel when they are on their way. We are also planning to have someone staffed at the drop-off door. If both those fail-safes fail, you can call our main line at 541-957-1008. We understand this is an inconvenience, but we feel it is the best preventative measure to keep our school open as long as possible.

 

Tuition:

   Our policy for voluntary absences has not changed, as we count on tuition to pay our staff and operate the center. However, we have adjusted our tuition policy temporarily during this time for the month of April 2020. We will waive April tuition for families who have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19. In order to qualify for this adjustment, you must bring in a copy of your signed layoff notice on official letterhead, or a copy of your unemployment benefit approval letter. While we will not fill your child’s spot for the month of April, if a reduction in tuition means a reduction in our own staffing, families who are not attending or paying tuition may be dinsenrolled to meet child-teacher ratios if we are unable to re-hire staff. If your family would like to take advantage of this option, please let us know no later than March 27th 2020.

This is a unique and trying time for all of us! We are committed to serving our community and doing our part to keep things moving, so long as we are able to do so safely. As you know, things change quite rapidly, so this message is subject to change at any time, and I will keep you informed.

Warmly,

Jessica Gaul

Executive Director, Cobb Children’s Learning Center

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