HURON COUNTY – The county recognized childcare workers recently in a media release, thanking the essential workers for their vital service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I extend my heartfelt thanks to Huron’s childcare providers,” Warden Glen McNeil said.
“Programs like these provide an essential service in our community, one that is critical for our whole community’s economy, health, and vitality.”
There are currently 11 centre-based childcare locations and 11 licensed home childcare settings in Huron County. They employ 145 full-time employees and service 1000 families in Huron, according to the release.
“Our childcare providers play an important role in keeping the local economy moving, and this past year has only highlighted that need,” added McNeil.
The childcare workers provided opportunities for families to work, businesses to operate, and the economy to continue to grow, the release said.
More importantly, though, they provided safe and nurturing environments where children can develop and thrive. At the same time, they learn about the world around them.
The county also thanked the childcare providers who were forced to pivot with the COVID-19 pandemic to support essential healthcare and frontline workers on the job through emergency childcare programming.
With strict health and safety regulations, emergency childcare was offered three separate times by Huron County's childcare providers over the past year, serving approximately 100 families each time during school closures.
The work these childcare workers do make long-lasting and positive impacts on the lives of children and families in the county.
The county and its children's services team remain committed to providing necessary and essential community services to Huron County residents.
The county also thanked local childcare providers and all frontline heroes for all their work in response to COVID-19.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times