NAPA, CA (August 25, 2020) – The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) has launched a child care program for Napa County farmworker families through harvest. The program has been generously seeded by the Foley family and Harmon & Joanne Brown. It will be administered by the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley.
Courtney Foley, winemaker for Foley Estates, and her sister Lindsay instantly saw the need and stepped forward to fill it. “When we learned of the challenges farmworker families are facing with COVID-19, one of the areas that stood out was the lack of child care during harvest. This is often a time when families are stretched, and we knew we wanted to help create opportunities for these children to succeed at distance learning and be cared for while their parents were at work.”
Program funding covers two months of fees and is open to Napa County farmworker families enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club who demonstrate financial need. Families who are eligible, are asked to fill out a Boys and Girls Club Waitlist Form to establish need and indicate “Farmworker” under Occupation. We recommend applicants submit a form as soon as possible.
The Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley provides support for children ages 6-18 and operates from 7:30am – 6pm. Campuses are in Napa and American Canyon, CA. The child care program includes a full day of distance learning support, two meals, and a wide range of additional activities.
Space is limited because of COVID-19, but if it is determined there is need, more space may be added.
For more information about FWF resources, please refer to www.FarmworkerFoundation.org
For press inquiries related to the child care program or COVID-19 resources provided by the FWF, please email [email protected]
About the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation
Founded by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in 2011, the mission of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is the only one of its kind in the United States, providing educational opportunities, advanced training programs, leadership and management classes, English literacy programs, and much more. To date, the Farmworker Foundation has offered education and professional development opportunities to more than 21,000 vineyard workers and their families.