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“We take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of our world.”


Dear Children’s Center Families,

With Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent announcement that schools must remain closed until May 1, we wanted to provide you an update on the TBS Children’s Center plans. Of course, we will comply with the state mandate and are doing everything we can to be ready to open our doors on Monday, May 4.

These are unsettling and unpredictable times. Just as your families are making adjustments on the fly, so too, is our team. To that end, we have a financial update which we believe will give many families significant relief.

For all families, your April Children’s Center tuition invoice will be entirely removed from your account. Please disregard the invoice that was sent in the past week; we will not auto-deduct the Children’s Center tuition amount and you are not required to pay this part of your bill. Further, if you already have paid, we will credit that amount to you. For our returning families, we are applying an automatic, one-month extension on the 2020-2021 tuition deposits. In keeping with our temple-wide practice, your invoice for TBS membership commitment will remain.

While our physical doors are closed, as you know, our community and our virtual classrooms remain open. As the temple community has vowed, we continue to pay our teachers, in accordance with Jewish values, and because this is the best route to being prepared to open a fully functional and high-quality school when it is safe. 

To that end, we ask you to kindly consider the following options for your family:

  1. My family will donate our April Children’s Center tuition invoice. If you are able and willing, we would greatly appreciate a donation to support our community through the TBS Emergency Relief Fund. Some families have generously donated their April invoice, and others have gone above and beyond. Any donation you make will help sustain our community and will be acknowledged at year end. Click here to donate. Thank you.

  2. My family appreciates the waived April Children’s Center tuition invoice. For many families, recent events have brought about financial uncertainty and unexpected expenses. We understand and are here for you. We will not bill you and will not ask for a donation. If your situation stabilizes or improves, and you’re comfortable donating at any point, we would appreciate your generosity.

  3. My family could use assistance. Some families are already struggling. If you need an extension on a previous invoice or assistance with your membership commitment or another aspect of your invoice, we ask that you complete the Emergency Assistance Application so we may assist your family. If you have already completed this application, you do not need to take further action and we will be in touch with you.

At TBS, we are aggressively pursuing every avenue possible to provide financial relief and assistance to our community. We are exploring government grants and loans, bank loans, donations, and actively advocating for governmental support to all early education programs. We know what you know—that without early education programs, many families will be unable to fully re-engage in America’s workforce. We encourage you to contact Sen. Warren, Sen. Markey, and Rep. Kennedy via this online form  and email Gov. Baker via this online form.

And as always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or feedback. Your family’s needs and situation are important to me. 

Wishing you and your wonderful children healthy, fulfilling, and enriching days ahead.

L'Shalom,

Ellen

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