Children’s Center Update 6/9/20
June 9, 2020
Dear CCCC families,
Thank you for your participation in the latest survey, your input is valuable to me in determining next steps for the center.
On May 28, 2020, Colorado College announced college employees who are able to work from home should continue to telecommute/work remotely until August 1. On Monday June 1, Governor Polis modified the state’s “Safer at Home” guidelines to “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors”.
Center for Disease Control and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidance for childcare has not changed in any significant manner to date. The Children’s Center will continue operating under modified and limited classroom operations.
Beginning June 15 the center’s hours of operation will change to 8:30am-1:30pm. With the additional hour of service, we have the ability to now offer a morning snack and a limited menu lunch. The meal menu is attached.
Tuition will continue based on a daily rate for care and this rate will be adjusted on June 15 for billing dates of June 15-June 30, for the additional hour of care and meal service.
We will continue with outdoor drop-off and pick-up, illness screening procedures and a strict illness policy, social distancing strategies, mask wearing and intense cleaning and disinfection.
Parking could become a challenge so as a reminder use our existing parking spaces, street parking along Cache/Nevada and the parking lot to the north of the Ahlberg Outdoor Education Center and Annex, also known as the old Children’s Center.
Please be sure that you are wearing a mask anytime you are on campus. This includes drop-off and pick-up.
Please do not gather in the parking lots, field or the playgrounds when dropping children off or picking them up. We also ask that you do not play on the playgrounds when awaiting drop-off.
cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
Children’s Center Update 5/4/20
The Children’s Center will reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020 and hours of care will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will only be one infant room, one toddler room, and two preschool rooms. The limitation on the number of classrooms/children is to comply with Colorado state health care provisions and ratio in place at this time.
Each room will have two teachers; floater teachers will not be allowed in except for minimal brief breaks and will not be allowed to interact with the children. Teachers assigned to these classrooms may differ from the classrooms they were previously assigned. All teachers and other staff in the center will wear masks at all times.
The drop-off and pick-up arrangements will change to the following:
- Parents will utilize the outside entrance to each classroom: please utilize the parking lot on Cache La Poudre, the parking lot just north of the Office of Outdoor Education (formerly the children’s center) building, and street parking.
- Six foot distancing between all parents and children will be required.
- Parents are to wear masks and will be not allowed into the center or into the classrooms.
- Teachers will be outside to take temperatures and assess for any other symptoms while the parent is there in case the child has symptoms and not allowed in the center.
The four-hour schedule will eliminate a lunch, however a mid-morning snack will be provided. Please feed children a hearty breakfast to accommodate the schedule and snack offering.
Additional health and safety measures that must be in place are:
- Rotated playground times
- Cribs will be 6 feet apart; rest mats if needed will also be spaced out by 6 feet
- Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, materials and toys
- Center’s strict illness guidelines
For the month of May, tuition will be calculated on a daily basis and to be paid by check or money order Monday, May 18, and Monday, June 1. Tuition amounts will be sent to families via email on May 15 and May 29.
Parent involvement at The Colorado College Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children’s Center enriches the program and delights the children. Your participation is always welcomed.
You may assist on walking field trips, come for a special cooking or art project, share cultural or family traditions, or make a financial contribution. At Little CC we have an open door policy.
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Cheryl Schlessman Bennett
909 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903