Supplies for Providers

! CLEAR FACE MASKS NEEDED FOR PROVIDERS !

 

As we challenge ourselves to return to a “new normal” due to COVID-19, child care providers are facing new obstacles as they care for infants. Infant-care staff are in need of clear face masks. Infants need to see the expressions of their caregivers in order to understand situations and develop communication skills, something cloth face masks do not allow.

The ELC has purchased 2,500 clear masks through FAIMH’s “Faces are Essential” campaign. Over 600 open, licensed child care providers are slated to receive masks. We plan to provide every infant and toddler teacher/caregiver a clear face mask. But we need your help.

Please help us ensure child care providers and their staff have necessary safety items by donating clear masks or donating to our organization. Our staff will ensure the distribution (and/or purchase) of the face masks to providers.

Please contact Kelley Miller at kdevoe@elcpinellas.org
with questions or to partner!

Please note: We are not collecting face masks for minors. We will not accept N95 face masks, as those are needed by the medical community. 

How to Supply Providers

 During April, ELC staff collected and distributed hygiene and cleaning supplies to 100 child care providers who remained open at the height of the pandemic-caused shutdown.

Our staff-driven supply drive served to support the child care providers who remained open, serving the children of all essential workers. As Pinellas County child care centers reopen, many with less clientele than before, we need your help supplying providers with the various hygiene and safety items that will allow them to create and maintain a safe environment for the children they serve, as well as help alleviate the financial burden of the extra supplies.

Due to the pandemic, the cost of hygiene and cleaning supplies has more than doubled for many child care providers. Your donation(s) will help us support providers who are on the front lines every day during these trying times.

Items needed include:

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Toilet paper and paper towels.

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Cleaning supplies such as bleach, disinfectant sprays, anti-bacterial wipes, disposable gloves, and garbage bags.

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Hygiene supplies such as hand soap, hand sanitizer, and face masks.

We are collecting donated items at our Clearwater office at 2536 Countryside Blvd. To donate and schedule an item drop-off, please contact Rosa Rivera at rrivera@elcpinellas.org.