1/4 @SenToomey, @SenBobCasey Hello, my name is Widalys Ruiz, owner of the Ruiz Family childcare in Lancaster. The coronavirus has impacted my business, and I want to tell you about it.
2/4 As with most childcare centers, we have experienced a drop in enrollment and income due to the pandemic. Our center used to have 10 children, but we currently have 4. Additionally, sanitation costs are adding up.
3/4 With revenue cut nearly in half, we need extra income to continue sanitizing the place. The extra maintenance is costly, while completely necessary to keep everyone safe, is taking its toll in the long run.
4/4 Please lend us whatever support you can. #FundChildCare #SaveChildCare @StartStrongPA

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1/4 Join us Dec 18, as child care providers across PA to share their stories. Why? Congress has not yet passed another relief package. With low enrollment, staff scarcity, unpaid bills & no picture of what tomorrow will bring, providers don't know if their business will survive!
2/4 We need the federal government to allocate more funding to support child care programs so they can survive this crisis. Help by joining us in a state-wide story sharing event from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm so federal elected officials can hear from the Early Childhood community!
3/4 Share on your favorite social media platform; Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 1) Prepare your story ahead of time so you can easily post/tweet. 2) You can use your answers to the Qs on this form for your draft. 3) Use pictures to show the people affected by this crisis!
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1/7 Can Each One Reach One to #SaveChildCare?
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