(left to right): Brad Helfman, Business Development Director of GOJO Industries, inventors of Purell®; Jeannifer Bonnet, CEO of Our Little Ones Learning Center; Blythe K. Robinson, Sr. VP & Chief Programs Officer, Early Learning Coalition; Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade School Board Member, District 2; and Pamela Hollingsworth, Director, Quality Counts.
GOJO Industries, Inc., the maker and global distributor of Purell® Hand Sanitizer, the #1 hand sanitizer in both home and professional settings, and proponent of wellness is giving back to the South Florida community with a donation of more than 250 dispensers and one year’s worth of Purell® Advanced Hand Sanitizer to 250 childcare centers within the Quality Counts Program, a collaborative effort between The Children's Trust, The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Ready Schools Miami, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
"Viruses and infections typically spread very rapidly in child care centers and schools, so donations such as this one fromPurell® help reduce the spread of illness, contributing to improved attendance and more learning," said Modesto E. Abety-Gutierrez, President and CEO of The Children's Trust.
Quality Counts is a voluntary rating and improvement system that is currently benefiting 30,400 children in childcare across Miami-Dade. The program reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards related to teacher qualifications, teacher/student ratios, curriculum, learning environment, parent involvement, and program administration. It uses a five-star method of evaluation and offers support and incentives to help child care programs reach high quality.
”Through the Quality Counts Program, we know how important it is to attain high standards, something we see reflected in this partnership,” said Evelio C. Torres, President and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. “Thank you, Purell®, for helping us promote healthy standards within our childcare centers.”
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand hygiene is the single best way to prevent infection and illness. When soap and water are not available, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is recommended to reduce the spread of germs that may cause illness, especially after shaking hands and before touching your face.
“We are very pleased to make this commitment to enhance the health and well being of South Florida’s children and couldn’t have found better partners than The Children’s Trust and Quality Counts,” said Brad Helfman, Business Development Director of GOJO Industries, inventors of Purell®.