BLYTHE – Child care providers in the Blythe community recently received personal protective equipment (PPE) that will help keep staff, children and their families safe in the pandemic.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez’s office and First 5 Riverside delivered masks and supply kits for child care providers of Blythe. Child care providers in the area came to the Escuela de la Raza Unida in Blythe to pick up the supplies.
Approximately 6,000 masks were provided, as well as supply kits that included gloves, thermometers, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels.
“As we continue to battle this pandemic, efforts such as this really help the community, by getting much-needed masks and PPE so people can stay safe and provide child care,” said Supervisor Perez. “These efforts are important in supporting working parents, child care staff and kids throughout Riverside County.”
The masks were donated by Everrank, Inc., a company based in the Inland Empire, which donated over 500,000 masks to Riverside County. Forty thousand of these masks have been distributed to child care providers in the Palo Verde and Coachella valleys. First 5 Riverside supplied the kits.
“We appreciate these agencies for making themselves accessible to child care providers who, during this pandemic, continue to provide a service to the working families,” said Carmela F. Garnica, program director for Escuela de la Raza Unida.
Family child care providers and child care centers that received supplies were:
• Hartwell Family Childcare
• Paulino Family Childcare
• Palo Verde College Child Development Center
• Watts Family Childcare Center
• Enamorado Family Childcare Center
• Flores Family Childcare
• Escuela de la Raza Unida (ERU) Early Learning Center
• ERU Primeros Pasos Learning Center
• ERU Before and After School Program
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is the chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County as the Fourth District Supervisor. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the Fourth District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.