Emilu Alvarez, program director of the NAEYC-accredited Creative Learning Center in Miami, has had to make some hard decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many child care directors in Florida, Emilu was overwhelmed with trying to maintain financial stability while shouldering the responsibilities of caring for children. Emilu shares her story below:
On March 14, 2020, (which feels like years ago) I remember sending a message to the parents in my program and telling them we were fine, that we were taking all precautions to avoid the spread of this epidemic. The following week, as more concerns in the community arose, so did the absences of our children. We immediately started calling families if a child was absent. We were trying to reassure them that we were following guidelines. As a provider, I was feeling very alone . Read More