Patricia heard about the Acorn Childcare Center from a friend and applied for José at the beginning of 2021. Even though we are still only able to offer virtual classes, she says that the program has been great for José. With daily video interactions, he feels connected to the teachers, feels like he has made friends with the other children and is excited to see them each day on screen. It is so important for him to be able to create social connections with others at this stage in his development. Without it, he wouldn’t have any other opportunities for socialization.
Additionally, the food stipend that Patricia and José receive the from the Center has been essential to ensure the family has enough healthy food every day. Patricia tells us that she is very thankful that José has the Acorn Childcare Center to help him develop and grow during this difficult time. She is looking forward to when our school building is able to open again as José is eager to meet all his new friends and play with them in person—as we all are!
Unfortunately, the story of Patricia is common among the families we support. The majority of our families are headed by mothers with fathers minimally present or completely absent from the lives of their children. The Acorn Center is an extra support for these struggling families, who often don’t have anyone else to help provide food and care for their children. Thank you for your continued support of our mission.