Tallahassee Daycare keeps staff employed and serves essential workers with PPP loan
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – By ensuring jobs stay busy during uncertain times, a local daycare is having a ripple effect on jobs in the capital by helping families make ends meet.
Open the door to any Unity Child Care Development Center classroom and the little ones are taken on a journey.
Despite the dangers of a pandemic outside their walls, the learning has never stopped.
“Because of the essential workers,” said Sabrina Hayes, the daycare owner.
Hayes says she is proud to be on a mission to provide a safe place for parents who work in hospitals, grocery stores and banks.
“We were able to help them by babysitting the kids, opening at 6:30 am and making sure they got to work on time,” said Hayes.
They keep children safe by using PPE, including gaiters that they hand out for students to wear.
“Every two hours we’ll also take their temperature,” Hayes said.
Their focus isn’t just on kids.
“All teachers will have a mask,” Hayes said.
They also keep parents outside the building when dropping off children to limit the number of people actually inside.
The center has a maximum capacity of 67 students, but they brought it down to 45 this fall, accommodating small class sizes for social distancing.
“It was a challenge, but the point is we have a great team of teachers,” said Carlos Collins, the principal.
With a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, the school is rebounding with a full staff helping parents bounce back at home.
P3 loans come from a business loan program put in place by the federal government to help maintain jobs.
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