CTCARES for Hospital Workers — also known as Project 26 — helped hundreds of hospital employees find child care during COVID-19. The program opened March 23 and came to a close June 26, 2020.
It was the first program launched by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in response to COVID-19, since healthcare workers are part of the public health emergency response.
With a generous gift from Dalio Philanthropies, 28 child care locations were opened to serve workers at 29 hospitals. This project was a collaboration with the OEC, Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), community-based providers, hospital human resource departments, and 211 Child Care.
“Project 26 has been a huge blessing to help make sure my kids educational needs are being met during this time. As an essential employee having a safe place to send my children is necessary. The staff is amazing! Thanks again!”—Project 26 parent
“I am very limited on resources for child care. Due to my employment at the hospital, my babysitter did not feel safe to continue to provide care. All my immediate family members have day jobs and are unable to assist. I appreciate the help given. It has made going to work possible. Thank you!”— Project 26 parent