CEDARS offering childcare to families of essential workers
CEDARS provides high quality, affordable child care for very low income working families.
Child care facilities have been hit hard with coronavirus, this includes CEDARS in Lincoln. They provide high quality, affordable child care for very low income working families.
“Some parents lost their job so obviously childcare is not a thing so our attendance dropped by nearly 70% in a one week period of time,” said CEO and President of CEDARS, Jim Blue.
Instead of watching the program decline or shutdown, Blue and his staff came up with the idea of reaching out to the employers of essential workers to offer their services.
CEDARS is now up to the same amount of kids they had before COVID–19 even hit.
“When I walked in the other day and saw all the classrooms full and the kids having a great time, asking me to come join them in a dance, it’s just one of the greatest experiences in my life,” said Blue.
One of the CEDARS programs is the Northbridge Child Care Center at 1533 North 27th Street. For the past 15 years, it has been the only licensed child care center in that entire census tract.