EARLY CHILDHOOD institutions that are not government-funded have found themselves in a bind, since their business models depend on children attending school, but are not able to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharon Golding, administrator and owner of the Little Ones of Emmanuel Academy in Portmore, St Catherine, said these institutions are mostly dependent on tuition fees, which they have not been able to collect.
“We would have been able to take care of our expenses during the summer based on that summer programme and treat with our staff.
For March, we were able to take care of our staff and our rental and all of that.
What we did in April was divide up all the groceries and cleaned out our refrigerators to give our staff, and we were also able to give them a stipend.