Starting Tuesday April 7, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be among the facilities designated as an emergency child care site to assist essential personnel during the coronavirus crisis.
Governor John Carney earlier this week signed a modification to the State of Emergency that states child care may only be provided by child care centers and child care homes that have been designated as “Emergency Child Care Sites” by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF). In order to be an emergency child care site, child care centers and homes must certify that they are only providing child care to children of personnel working for essential businesses, as defined by Governor Carney’s State of Emergency, and cannot work from home.
“The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is to Inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The children who need us most are those that are living in the households of the essential workers,” said Club Director Paul Dorey. ” By opening our doors to the local essential personnel, it ensures that the children have a safe and educational location to go to while their parents are working. This also serves the parents and the community by allowing the essential personnel to report to work and provide the much needed services to the community.”
The order also allows DSCYF to create a process by which families can enroll their children in designated emergency child care if their current child care facility temporarily closes. DSCYF worked with the Delaware Division of Public Health to create strict health and safety guidelines to help child care providers prepare their facilities. Before being designated as an emergency child care site by DSCYF, a provider had to demonstrate that they are able to and will adhere to the following requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health.
“We are extremely grateful for the child care providers that are able to keep their doors open and make it possible for those providing essential services to serve Delawareans during this public health emergency,” said Delaware Children’s Department Secretary Josette Manning.
The families at the Club have been impacted greatly from the virus. “Not that any of our families have become ill, more in the sense that parents are not able to work, children are not able to attend school, some children don’t have internet services to continue education at home, and everyone’s lifestyles have shifted suddenly,” said Dorey.
The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is non-profit organization that mainly operates and relies on donations, program fees, and grants. “Everyone is wondering where money is going to come from with the economy being affected by the virus,” said Dorey. “We do want everyone to know that we are operating as effectively as possible and will continue to provide services within the guidelines set forth by the Governor.”
Dorey explains that the Boys & Girls Club organization is always eager to provide services to the community and supplies and monetary donations are always appreciated. Supplies that are needed include cleaning and self-protection items such as face masks, gloves, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, antibacterial wipes and sprays; Art supplies such as construction paper, color pencils, crayons, markers; and Monetary donations to the annual fund. “The corporate office matches all donations to the annual fund dollar for dollar,” said Dorey. “If you donate $5, we end up receiving $10. Every dollar helps. All donations are eligible to claim on your taxes.”
Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club can reach the Club at (302) 422-4453. For more information, individuals are encouraged to visit the organization online at https://www.bgclubs.org/locations/greater-milford-boys-girls-club/