Charlene and her husband are essential workers in central Ohio who were called back to work shortly after COVID-19 struck. The YMCA Hilltop Educare Center, where their daughter was enrolled, became an emergency pandemic center and was able to continue providing safe, affordable, quality care that provided stability for the family. 

According to the center’s director, Katrina Hacker, the early learning center took a huge financial hit from the pandemic. But Katrina and her team were determined to provide emergency pandemic care for neighborhood families and their kids despite the challenges. It is the center’s mission to serve the community, she explains, and families depend on the stability and quality learning it provides. 

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