Letter from the Executive Director

3/25/20

Dear Families,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bay Area school closures are now extended until May 1, 2020.

The HGG administration has done our best to be compliant with the guidelines issued by state and local authorities.
However, there is no guarantee that May 1, 2020, will be a reliable date for re-opening the preschool.

Therefore, there is no need to send April tuition as we simply do not know when the preschool could potentially be
reopened.  Ms. Julia will contact each current family regarding their account.

His Growing Grove has always been considered a ministry of First Pres Church and all of our staff are invaluable to this
community.  However, due to these unforeseen circumstances, the difficult decision was made to lay off our staff.

Many of you expressed concern for the staff prior to the shelter in place directive.  Please feel free to contact the staff
them directly for encouragement.   HGG reserves were used to pay each staff member through March 31, 2020.  In
addition, First Pres Church will continue to pay medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits through April 30, 2020.

We are deeply saddened by the turn of events and all our staff is being offered counseling and prayer.  We are incredibly
grateful for all the dedication, devotion and love that HGG staff gave to every child and family.  We have also been
deeply enriched and blessed by each of you.  We will keep your family in our prayers and let you know when the center
will reopen.  We hope that everyone will continue to be healthy and safe.