Health and Safety- Returning to School

Child Care and COVID-19: 7 Key Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Child (Back) to School

Whether you’re still deciding what’s best for your child or you have already made the decision to send your little one back to child care or preschool, it’s critically important to know the right questions to ask about COVID-19 health and wellness measures.

Keep these seven key questions in mind as you talk with school directors and explore your options.

1. What does health screening entail at drop-off?
The biggest things to look for at drop-off are: 1) temperature screening (schools should ask each family to take their child’s temperature before coming to school or take temperatures on-site); 2) a staff member doing a visual check of every child for signs of illnessand 3) parents being required to provide verbal confirmation that their child does not have any COVID-related symptoms, hasn’t taken any fever-reducing medications and hasn’t been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. All Directors and teachers should follow the same protocol before entering the building.

2. Are parents and visitors allowed inside the building?
As much as you may want to see your child off to their classroom, see them in action inside or have them enjoy special educational guests, it’s best that schools limit access to minimize health risks within the building. Parents should not be permitted to enter beyond the foyer/drop-off area and visitors should be postponed until they can visit safely.

3. What’s your policy on wearing masks?
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children over the age of two wear masks (except for during meal times, nap and outdoor play). In some states, like Pennsylvania, they are required. In others, like New Jersey, they are encouraged. In either case, it’s a best practice for all teachers and staff to wear face coverings while in the building.

4. What’s your approach to social distancing with young children?
Social distancing looks a bit different with young children, but it can be achieved in a child care setting when children are placed in the same group every day with the same teachers(s), when groups do not co-mingle with others and when extra precautions are taken to distance children, particularly during meal time and nap time.

5. Are there mid-day temperature checks?
While not mandated by the health authorities, mid-day temperature checks are an extra measure that supplements morning health screenings and helps ensure no students or staff in the building are exhibiting signs of illness as the day progresses.

6. How often are classrooms, classroom materials and playgrounds disinfected?
Best practice is to provide students dedicated materials when possible (e.g. crayons, scissors, etc.) and sanitize any shared classroom materials, as well as frequently touched areas, throughout the day. Playgrounds should be disinfected throughout the day and in between group use, and buildings should be extensively cleaned and disinfected on a nightly basis.

7. Will you notify families if there is a positive case of COVID-19 at the school?
Mandates for notifying families should a teacher or student test positive for COVID-19 are determined at the state level. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, for example, schools are required to notify all families, not just those whose child might have been in close contact with the sick individual. Double check your school’s protocol to ensure you will be in the know if an incident occurs.

There’s nothing more important than your child’s wellbeing, so don’t be shy to ask these questions and others.

The Director at Sun Bright Childcare is a great resource who can provide insight on what precautions to look for, as well as share how Sun Bright Childcare has modified its health and wellness measure  in response to COVID-19. Call us at 215-225-9977 and stay safe.

Child Development

From birth to age 5, young children’s brains make millions of neural connections every second—forming brain architecture for life. At no other time in a human’s life will the brain develop at this remarkable speed or with such intricacy. This is the foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depend.

Parents will always be the most important influence during this time of a child’s life.

Sun Bright is a high quality childcare center. We are here to support you in this very important stage of your Childs life.

Kindergarten Readiness

Will you child for ready for kindergarten. At Sun Bright our PreK teachers are working to your child ready.

As parents you can engage too. Find Flyer here.

This colorful flyer helps parents know what will be expected of their child at kindergarten entry, and gives 10 actions parents can take every day to help their preschool-age children be ready.

School Age Program

School Age Program at Sun Bright Childcare while school is only online.

Sun Bright is offering full day program for 2020, so that you can work and your child keeps up with school during Covid times. We are here to support School Age Children and help them attend virtual classrooms. School District of Philadelphia is offering only online classes. We can support your child. We have Wifi, computers, Teachers to assist them in attending virtual class. When the schools do open, we provide transportation to and from area schools. Call us today at 215-225-9977.

School Age Program while classes are virtual

Dear Sun Bright Parents: This newsletter is being designed to give parents some ideas and suggestions about activities you can do with children at home. Also, we would like to share some information and resources with you and your family that we feel you can benefit from. 

Home Connections- Activities to do with your children: 

Toddlers: 

Sit with your toddler and explain to them what bottles are and why we use them. Make a bottles capsule using one of their old bottles/cups for them to shake up/down and see different colors. Use food coloring and water, don’t forget to seal the top so the water doesn’t come out. 

Preschoolers:

Question of the day

Can you open and close these bottles?

Collect different bottles with screw tops. Introduce new vocabulary words, like how wide is the circle on the bottle. Look at different sizes, and ask open ended questions. Have the child/children line the bottles up to see the different sizes. Explore the different ways to turn the tops off/on. Encourage them to talk about sizes,shapes and styles of the bottles. 

Song Hand Jive

Letter Dd Song 

Read Aloud  David Goes to School 

School Age: 

Students will play a jar game, go around the house and collect 10 to 20 bottles. Different size, style and colors. Sort and count bottles according to color. Use a recycling bin to gather all the bottles. Sort the bootles by style and labels. Use bottles to make different capsules. For example, one capsule can be water and food coloring, blue for the ocean. Another game using bottles can be a bowling game.    


Resources 

 FREE CHILD CARE: If you don’t have Child care Subsidy–  There is no waitlist- Apply Now here- Ihttps://philadelphiaelrc18.org/for-parents/

If you already have Child care Subsidy- Don’t lose your subsidy–  Important information ELRC for families: Parents to submit your redetermination paperwork timely, even if they are not currently working. During this crisis, parents who are not working at redetermination will be granted “presumptive eligibility” for 92 days from their redetermination due date. If they are still not working at the end of that 92-day period, another 92 days will be granted. Parents who are working and whose paystubs may reflect overtime or a pay differential (i.e. hazard pay) should know that this amount will be disregarded when calculating their income for eligibility and co-payments. Parents can get additional information, including forms that they can print and submit, on our ELRC 18 website on the Parents’ Corner tab.

Septa– Here is a link that will keep you updated on all new changes on different bus routes 

http://septa.org/covid-19/

Unemployment benefits– 

http:///ww.uc.pa.gov

Snap benefits-Check on the Fresh EBT app or click the link below to see if you qualify for the OTI benefits

https://www.cbpp.org

Here are a list of places that will be providing Free Breakfast/Lunch  https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-28-where-to-find-free-nutritious-food-during-covid-19/

Info on the Covid-19 

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment

Self care

If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:

rest and sleep

keep warm

drink plenty of liquids

use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

STAY HOME.SAVE LIVES.

Help stop coronavirus