CCTC alumna tells us how she’s dealing with Covid-19

The pressing need for child care access is increased by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for essential workers. Holly Owens, an alumna of Central Carolina Technical College’s Early Childhood Education program, is currently facing the serious need of such childcare during this time.  Holly has been working at Grace Baptist Daycare in Sumter for 5 years. She cares for infants ranging in age from six weeks to one years old. Grace Baptist Daycare continues to stay open during the pandemic. “We are essential for the essential workers. They rely on us because if we were to close they would have nowhere to take their children while they need to report to work. To cut down on the spread of germs, we are constantly cleaning and sanitizing our rooms daily. It’s overwhelming, but important. I’ll be ready for everything to get back to normal, hopefully soon,” says Owens. “It might be hard now, but soon it will get easier. Just keep pushing and this too shall pass.” 

The Early Care and Education Associate Degree in Applied Science program at CCTC is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of educational and child care programs for children from birth through school age. Recent research and interest in the importance of education of children during the first three years of life has provided for a growing number of new opportunities in the field.