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The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rebecca Sumandal, founder of Little Imaginations Child Care Center, that alleviated the financial strain on her business and allowed her business to continue to operate.

Little Imaginations Child Care provides affordable family childcare to working parents. During the pandemic, while safety guidelines allowed socially distanced activities, Rebecca got creative and started hosting hiking trips.

However, the pandemic also brought a slew of issues as many parents were left unemployed or feared their children would get sick at daycare. As a result, Rebecca shut her center down twice, losing half of the children under her care and encountering financial challenges that led to layoffs.

Rebecca has tried her best to stay open while she waits for things to return to normal, but running such a large daycare center comes with a plethora of bills that she just can't afford under current conditions.

The grant that Little Imaginations received from the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund allowed Rebecca to cover COVID-19 related expenses and take some of the stress off of her company and her family. The grant provided much-needed support to ensure that Little Imaginations can continue to operate so that children currently under her care—and those returning after the pandemic—receive high quality child care.

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund

On August 31, 2020, the County and City of Los Angeles announced the creation of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, a joint effort to provide financial assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic hardships due to the coronavirus.

Rebecca Sumandal's story is an example of how the COVID-19 Recovery Fund assisted local L.A. businesses. Little Imaginations Child Care Center is located in LA City Council District 8.

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 were provided over six rounds, the last of which ended October 26, 2020. In the upcoming weeks, EWDD Updates will feature more stories on L.A. City businesses that received grants and how the funding is helping them stay afloat during COVID-19.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 28, 2020. Read this issue and more.