Edmonson Voice Report:
Members of the Butler Edmonson Community Early Childhood Council delivered see-thru masks to the area’s early childhood providers in the two counties as regulated child care begins to re-open June 15. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, regulated child care providers were asked to close their doors on March 20, 2020 in an effort to help slow the spread of the virus.
"These see-thru masks are one way to help ease the anxiety that children, family members and staff may have about returning to child care," said the council in a statement. The council also said that the masks will allow the children to see the familiar face of their trusted teachers whom they have not seen in person since March.
In addition to the regulated providers, the Butler-Edmonson CECC also provided Head Start program staff, the public preschool teachers, the kindergarten teachers, and the speech therapists that work with the same age group the see-thru masks. The CECC also helps fund the OWL Academy in Butler County, and the Future Blackhawks and Future Bulldogs programs in Edmonson counties. These are programs designed for children not enrolled in any other early childhood program opportunity for socialization and learning. The teachers of these programs were also provided with the see-thru masks.
"The local council understands the impact that closing child care centers has on not only the providers, but also the communities as a whole," said the council. "While the state has provided a variety of financial assistance, these businesses are still facing many unknowns as they re-open. The local council decided that offering the required cloth face coverings in a unique, see-thru way would be one way they could help."
Regulated providers in Edmonson County include Edmonson County Head Start, Little Treasures Learning Academy, and Sarah’s Play School.
Council members said they found a child care business owner who began making the masks when her own business closed as a result of the pandemic.