To help our community re-open safely and sustainably, child care is crucial. The Schenectady Foundation established a fund for the distribution of small grants to meet the needs of child care providers in three different areas.

This program caught the attention of Sara Foss, a columnist with The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, who noted the tough spot child care programs are in.

"Programs that were operating at full capacity five months ago are no under-enrolled, and suffering crippling financial losses that could threaten their very existence. this is a potentially big problem -- one that risks dragging down the entire economy."

Foss explained the initiative through how it has already helped at least one recipient, the YWCA of Schenectady County, which received $30,000 to offset lost income; $13,000 for personal protective gear and other cleaning supplies; and a $6,000 maintenance award.

"We would not have been able to weather this storm without The Schenectady Foundation," Kim Siciliano, YWCA executive director, told Foss adding the ongoing uncertaintly over school and work, combined with the general fear and anxiety many parents have over sending children into a group setting has been "a nightmare for providers." 

Foss also wrote about her experiences as a mother on the search for child care. Because the Gazette operates with a paywall system for online subscriptions, sharing this link with you may not bring you to the article.