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Looking for the Helpers: First 5 Santa Barbara County distributes emergency supplies to child care centers

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First 5 Program Manager Sharol Viker delivering supplies

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Emergency Supplies for Childcare Centers

First 5 Santa Barbara County is continuing the effort by First 5 California, providing much needed cleaning supplies and PPE to local child care centers.

The demand for supplies is higher than ever as county restrictions are loosened and more people return to work.

In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment and follow county and state guidelines, child care providers are using a large number of wipes, sanitizer, gloves and other items multiple times a day.

First 5 Santa Barbara County has teamed up with Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and California Department of Public Health to secure these much needed materials.  

The supplies will go to sites that are serving over 1600 children in licensed center-based facilities across Santa Barbara County.

“First 5 Santa Barbara County and partners are pleased to continue providing essential materials to ensure ongoing healthy and safe practices in child care spaces. This is important to ensure that the focus is on providing the care and not worrying about running out materials to keep our children and child care providers safe. Child care continues to be the backbone of our economy, allowing parents to go to work and keep society functioning,” said Wendy Sims Moten, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County.

Center-based child care programs submit their supply requests to First 5. Distribution of these supplies will take place at the First 5 Santa Maria and Santa Barbara office locations starting the week of September 14, 2020.     

For more information, go to, FaceBook at, or call (805) 560-1039.

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