Responding to Evolving Family Needs in the Time of COVID-19

By Rebecca Mauldin | ChildStrive

ChildStrive shares early childhood development and education expertise digitally
• Activity and Care Kits are being assembled and dispersed to vulnerable families
• There have been no reported ChildStrive COVID-19 cases with staff or clients at this time

Everett, WA, March 10, 2020 — With so much unknown about the coronavirus, and so many events and activities being cancelled, ChildStrive is making sure we are continuing to creatively meet the needs of families. ChildStrive’s webpage and social media platforms will offer regular engaging content for families. Videos, printable resources, and other content will feature science, mindfulness, reading, music, and art activities for families to consume and do together. ChildStrive serves families from pregnancy through preschool and all content will be appropriate for those 0-5 years old.

ChildStrive is assembling Activity and Care Kits to provide additional support to under-resourced and vulnerable families in this time of stress. These Kits will feature basic needs such as diapers, wipes, formula and grocery cards, and educational activity supplies such as books, art supplies and STEM kits (generously donate by United Way of Snohomish County).

If you are interested in helping ChildStrive gather supplies to support families in our community through this difficult and confusing time, ChildStrive is accepting donations now. Information on what is needed, how to donate, links to their Charity Wish List, and more are available online at their website –

To date, there are no reports of COVID-19/Coronavirus among ChildStrive staff or families, and we want to continue to keep our community healthy. We are following all standard illness prevention strategies, including encouraging frequent hand washing, providing staff with hand sanitizer and ensuring sick employees stay home. We are staying connected to our families and providing services, using tele-health and no-contact drop-offs when appropriate.

About the Company. For the past 57 years, ChildStrive has helped thousands of families imagine a different future for their children, by providing critically important family-centered programs. In each of its programs, ChildStrive families work one-on-one with a professionally trained home visitor who help identify learning opportunities in daily family routines to encourage learning, provide essential early childhood development information; and help set goals for the child and their family.

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