Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) is a local nonprofit that focuses on child development and work with community members to provide innovative educational programs that nurture children to be their most brilliant selves. From birth to five years of age, kids form more than 1 million neural connections every second. Those critical changes taking place in bodies and minds mean we must hold early learning experiences to high standards and give children the best chances at success. ASCC supports children everywhere by providing resources and support to anyone who impacts them, helping every kid achieve the brightest outlook possible.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission of supporting anyone that impacts kids has taken on a whole new meaning with parents taking on the role of teacher, caretaker and parent all while supporting their family. ASCC’s goal has remained the same during these unprecedented times, but they had to adapt quickly and find new ways to support children, families, and educators.
“Together we are strengthening families and supporting communities to keep kids happy healthy and learning.” – Sarah Ocampo- Schlesinger, Family support and education Director
Their first task right after the stay at home order was put in place was to find a way to connect with families through their social media platforms. This resulted in ASCC posting a live video every week day filled with activities to engage children and parents. Not only did they offer educational activities but physical activities as well, such as yoga, for people of all ages to partake in. They were quickly able to disburse supplies to in home childcare providers to continue courses virtually with children. ASCC has not only been assisting families in a new way, but has created online professional development courses for educators throughout the pandemic that reached record high attendance rates.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the ASCC team has supported families, caregivers, and educators by:
Throughout these ever changing times, ASCC has had to adjust to a virtual setting while managing an increase in workload and sessions due to the increased amount of children and family’s time being spent at home. They have managed to surpass the amount of people they reach daily and are continuing to work towards their goal of building bright minds for the future.
For more information on grants distributed in the community, please visit www.vsuw.org/covid19grants. To learn about our organization’s first seven weeks of local response read our ‘Response Report’ available at www.vsuw.org/covidreport.