In order to ensure everyone’s safety, there will be new procedures and protocols based on consultation with local health officials, college safety plans, and guidelines for child care programs outlined by the Center for Disease Control.
- Touchless sign-in/out of children (parents use a free app and scan code from phone)
- Health screening and temperature check each day before children enter the center (any child with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the building)
- Parents and children will be greeted outside of facility, and designated staff/teachers will take children into the building to his/her classroom (parents will not enter building)
- Face masks and/or face shields will be required for all children and staff
- Lower density in the center to adhere to social distancing guidelines
- Increased hand washing throughout the day
- Increased cleaning/sanitizing of the classrooms, playground and center
- Classes will include the same group of children and teachers each day, and classes will not co-mingle with each other
- Parents can use our center app to maintain communication with teachers and staff; teachers are also available for communication by phone by calling the center
Important Changes for Fall 2020 CDC Reopening
There will be reduced capacity (approximately 50%) in each classroom with 9 children and 2 teachers.
The center will only accept full-time enrollment for children to minimize traffic coming in and out of the center.
- Priority for spots will be given to current/returning families who can enroll their child for full-time care.
- If part-time childcare is needed, you can visit the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County to search for childcare providers who may offer different enrollment options for your needs.
- As a safety precaution and to allow for increased cleaning of the center, revised hours of operation for childcare services will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm.
- The center will not be providing meals or snacks on-site. Children must come with a packed lunch and snacks. The staff will not be able to refrigerate or heat up any lunch items. Please plan appropriate packaging for any food items that may need to be maintained to a specific temperature.
Based on circumstances surrounding COVID-19, there may be a need for temporary and/or permanent closures during fall term. The college administration will continue to monitor conditions and if a permanent closure is determined for the operations of the childcare center, tuition for the care of your child will not be due for the remaining portion of the term and any prepayment will be refunded. However, for temporary closures (up to 3 weeks), the center’s teaching staff will provide e-learning for the children during those times and tuition will not be waived. Closures of a duration of more than 3 weeks will cause a significant gap in care and thus, you may need to look for alternative childcare services. Refunds will only be granted if there is a permanent college and/or childcare center closure. Administration will communicate with parents immediately should public health conditions warrant such action.
Administration will continue to communicate with families frequently throughout the term and advise of any service interruptions or concerns.