Access to quality child care is essential for any community to thrive. Without these options, children enter kindergarten unprepared for learning and parents and caregivers cannot fill essential jobs. In Virginia today, 50% of families live in “child care deserts,” with few to no options for child care.
The Robins Foundation recognizes that investments in early childhood can not only change the trajectory of individual lives and families, but also will deliver significant returns for the community. They have prioritized early childhood for children from birth through 5 years old, and are working closely with nonprofits supporting child care providers to ensure these spaces have the resources they need to offer high-quality care options for families in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Petersburg.
Christopher Chin, President and CEO of the Robins Foundation says, "Robins Foundation highly values our longstanding partnership with ChildSavers. The strong relationships they have with so many providers in our region, the high quality and innovative programs and services they deliver to the childcare community, and their passion and commitment to meet the needs of young children and families makes them a critical partner in our efforts to expand access to and quality of early care and education services."
For over 40 years, ChildSavers has partnered with child care providers to ensure the spaces in which care is offered are safe, nurturing, and developmentally-appropriate. Resulting from a reallocation of funding at the state-level, ChildSavers was no longer able to offer free and low-cost training, coaching, and technical assistance providers have come to depend upon effective at the start of our fiscal year. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Robins Foundation, a long-term partner of ChildSavers, the ChildSavers team is able to keep these resources in place for programs that will serve 4,000 children.
“Early care and education is a resilient profession. The field is rebounding from one of the hardest hits it has seen but they will make it back with the support of their community,” Janet Burke, Director of the Child Development Services program at ChildSavers. “This means identifying and building a new workforce with provisions such as training, coaching, and resources. We are so thankful to Robins for seeing the need and the impact that these services play on our youngest and most vulnerable learners.”
Many, many thanks to the Robins Foundation for their investment in early care options for families!