January 18, 2021
 
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on childcare. Working parents, especially low-income families, have found it increasingly difficult to afford daycare for their children. The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has stepped up to help.
 
With the continued economic strains of the pandemic, many childcare providers are finding it ever harder to sustain operations with diminishing enrollment and the cost of new safety procedures.
 
Our Rotary Club saw the clear need. The COVID Committee, led by Tom Lindsley, has allocated $45,000 ($15,000 each to three different organizations) to support childcare scholarships on Bainbridge Island.
 
The organizations selected are Peacock Family ServicesBainbridge Island Child Care Centers, and the Boy & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island. Those most in need are selected in partnership by these organizations and Helpline House Social Services. They will be able to receive “scholarships” (fees for child care).