We Are Ready!
During these past few months, the staff and Board of The Children's Center have worked diligently to develop new processes and procedures that will provide a safe, yet inviting and engaging place for children and staff. Throughout the past 10 weeks, while we've been closed, we have cleaned, sanitized, repaired, painted, and organized. We were able to retain our staff, thanks to receiving a Payroll Protection Program Award. Many of the teachers stayed engaged with their children through Facebook storytimes and Facebook Live activities. A weekly newsletter gave parents suggestions for ways to engage children in developmentally appropriate learning activities for home. Our 4K students continue through online learning, just like public school children.
On Monday, June 1st, The Children's Center welcomed back our families and opened for business. On our first day, we had about 50% of our children return to their classrooms. With the second day, our numbers increased a bit more and we expect to serve about 100 children by the week's end.
Below are just a few of the new processes we have implemented for everyone's safety.
- Everyone that enters our building must first have a temperature check - staff, children, and visitors.
- Visitors, parents, and staff must also wear masks.
- Blankets provided to limit outside items coming into our classrooms.
- Two new handwashing sinks added to the playground.
- Air purifiers are being installed on our HVAC systems.
- Only a limited number of children are allowed in Summer Camp.
- Designated entry and exit pathways are in place to ensure social distancing.
- Lots of handwashing.
- Nightly virus remediation inside the building and outside on the playground equipment.
- Regular staff training.
These are just a few of the new procedures we have put into place at The Children's Center. For a quick tutorial of our new procedures, check out our video explaining our "New Normal."
We are grateful to the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber's Path Forward, the CDC, DHEC, and other partner agencies (like United Way) for helping provide valuable input in our plan. The Children's Center Board of Trustees was vital to making this opening a reality!