September e-Newsletter

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Prioritizing our children and families, come what may

2020 Ellyn Okrent HeadshotDear Friends,

What a summer it’s been! It really feels as though we’re “building the boat while navigating the storm.” It’s unbelievable to think of how much has changed. We’re living in truly uncertain times.

But this is the same time: the need for quality and affordable child care is still critically important- more now than ever before. 

The families who depend on us at the Fuller Center are the backbone of our local economy – the front-line, essential workers keeping our society afloat. They deserve the peace of mind that comes with trustworthy childcare, and the support they need to continue during these stressful and uncertain times as we inadvertently depend on them. 

That’s why the support of caring people like you meant so very much this past summer. 

Your support kept our services ongoing, our children learning and fed, and our families working. You made our campuses COVID-safe so we could re-open our doors in June to the most vulnerable of them. Your caring heart saved our community from the damage that could have been done to our local economy if our hundreds of families had been forced to stay home for lack of child care.

Our families are essential. The Fuller Center is essential. And YOU are essential. At the Fuller Center, we are ALL essential in this mission to provide these deserving children and families the opportunities they need to thrive and contribute to our community.

CaptureIn June, we welcomed back half the children we typically serve, and increased staff to carry out strict CDC guidelines.

We created individual classrooms and group spaces, where we kept the same small group of children with the same staff, minimizing exposure to the virus. We secured PPE, put up barriers, and closed the campuses to everyone other than essential team members. We continue to wear masks, clean and disinfect throughout the day, take temperatures upon arrival, and continuously remind everyone on our campuses about their responsibility to keep each other healthy and safe.

Click below for video of our June “limited capacity” reopening!

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Over the summer, the staff created and implemented a full virtual program, keeping our children and families connected, and mitigating summer learning loss. They engaged families to prevent isolation, and ensured that they had access to food, health care, job opportunities, housing assistance, and help navigating the social service system.

CaptureAt Summer Camp, we maintained groups of no more than 10 people and provided a full and enriching virtual program for the youngsters unable to attend our Centers. There were no field trips, field days, picnics, or playground time, but the staff – with minimal resources – rose to the occasion! We had Hollywood Stars Week, Pajama Day, Superhero Day, Movie Star Day, Fishing Day, Dance Fitness Jamathon with Digital Vibez, Money Buddies, CanCode, and Sports with YMCA. We’re most appreciative for the support of our enrichment partners who helped make this summer great!

Then on August 31st, we opened our doors for “School Away from School” – a program for 175 school-age children of essential workers who needed a safe and enriching place to attend school virtually with access to dependable computers and caring adults to guide them along the way. The teachers and family support team are working as hard as they have all summer to ensure that our children and families’ ever-changing needs are being met during this challenging time.

Check out the Fuller Center’s recent feature in the Sun-Sentinel!

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The Fuller Center is committed to its mission in good times and in bad. We will continue to embrace our children and families to ensure that their opportunity to build happy, healthy, and successful futures is not lost.

Click Here to donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, so we may remain open and continue to make a difference together.

Thank you for your interest in the progress of our children and families as we all weather these unprecedented times. Now more than ever, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your caring spirit!

Heartfelt,

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To see what else is happening at the Fuller Center,
click here for the full September e-Newsletter

 

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