"Mommy, mommy when can we go back to school?" My then 3 year old and 1 year old asked this question every single day for the first 35 days of the pandemic. Their beloved preschool, The Nest, was forced to temporarily close as a result of Covid-19 and their young hearts just couldn't understand why.
Like so many small businesses The Nest (a neighborhood non-profit preschool located in Grant Park) was hit very hard by the pandemic. They shut down all operations for 2.5 months and, during that time, made many sacrifices to ensure the children and staff were taken care of. For example,
--unlike many childcare programs they did not charge tuition so that families could afford to make alternative childcare arrangements while they were closed
--they provided parents with critical resources to foster learning at home
--they hosted daily zoom calls so our children could remain connected
--they used their reserves to continue paying each of their educators even though they were not charging tuition
When The Nest opened back up in June it did so carefully and at a reduced capacity to ensure all children and educators would be safe. Due to the reduced capacity The Nest has been operating at a significant financial deficit each month and has lost just over $170k since the start of the pandemic. They are tapping into their diminishing reserves in order to make up for the loss but they cannot sustain this loss much longer.
It is my hope that our friends, family and community will consider donating to this incredible local non-profit organization that provides a learning environment filled with love, wonder and unlimited possibilities for our children.
All donations are tax-deductible.
A forever grateful parent of two Nest children