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Update June 2021

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Dear Children’s Center Parents,

The Children’s Center plans to resume to nearly full-time hours of operation on Monday July 19, 2021. Center hours will be 8:00am-5:15pm M-F. Schedules and daily rates for care will continue through Friday July 30, 2021.

Beginning August 1, 2021, full monthly tuition will be reinstated regardless of an enrolled child’s attendance. We will still honor compensated tuition for sick and or quarantining days due to illness until further childcare COVID-19 guidance comes from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or El Paso County Public Health.

The 2021-2022 tuition rates have been finalized. The Center’s monthly tuition rates will increase by $75.00 (see attached rate chart). This increase is to cover the centers operational expenses and to begin to align with current childcare market rates (see attached) for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The following information will take effect August 1, 2021, and will be effective through June 30, 2022:

Tuition Rate and Payments:

  • Monthly tuition is due the first business day of each month beginning August 1, 2021, for childcare services provided in that month (i.e., tuition paid on July 1 is for the month of July). The Center does not accept credit cards or cash. Checks to be made payable to CCCC.

  • A late fee of $25.00 will be charged and enforced if payment is not received on the third business day of each month.

  • Colorado College employees may elect to have the monthly tuition deducted from their paychecks. A form authorizing payroll deductions for childcare tuition payments must be completed and submitted to center administration. Danielle Martinez, Center Director signs the form and then submits the completed form to the office of Human Resources for the deductions to begin on your paycheck. The monthly tuition will be deducted in two payments; on the 15th of each month for childcare services provided on the 1st through the 15th and deducted on the last business day of the month for childcare services provided on the 16th through the last business day of the month.

  • A $25 service fee for returned checks will be charged.

    Tuition Discount:

    A tuition discount program is available for full time Colorado College employees and students. The discount is based on the total household income, (U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado Springs City Data; 2020) not the individual college employee’s wage. The household income ranges to qualify for a discount is:

    Household Income of $0.00- $64,712 = 20% discount

If your household qualifies for a discount, please provide Kim or I a copy of your 1040 tax form for 2020 for verification purposes.

There will be a $30 sibling discount applied each month to currently enrolled full-time families. (I.e., full time preschool-full tuition, sibling infant- $30 monthly discount applies.) Both children must be enrolled in the center for discount to apply.

Child Pick Up Late Fees:

We pride ourselves on being a school whose parents are on time and strive to have no violations of late pick up. Children who are at the center late get anxious and center employees who have worked a full day need to know they can count on leaving promptly.

Parents arriving after the center closes will be penalized as follows:

$5.00 $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 $25.00 $30.00

1-5 minutes late 6-10 minutes late 11-15 minutes late 16-20 minutes late 21-25 minutes late 26-30 minutes late

If there are 4 or more late pick-ups in a 12-month period, there will be a $40.00 late fee per additional violation and a meeting will be set up with the parents and Director to discuss the continuation of childcare at the center.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Kim or me. Please review the childcare rate chart attached to this letter.

Thank you for your continued support, Danielle Martinez
Director
Cheryl Schlessman
Bennett Children’s Center

Colorado College C.S.B. Child Care Options

August 1, 2021-June 31, 2022, Tuition Campus & Alumni Rates

August 1, 2021-June 31, 2022, Tuition Community Rates

Infant Full Time (M-F)

$1187

$1197

Toddler Full Time (M-F)

$1175

$1185

Preschool Full Time (M-F)

$1070

$1080

School Age 2:30 5:30 (M-F)

$404

$407

 

Update June 14, 2021

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Dear CCCC Families,

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Released the 3rd Amended Public Health Order 20-38. Per the public health order face coverings are required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff and visitors aged 12 and older.

After careful consideration, the center has removed the mandatory mask requirement for children 3 and up indoors and outdoors. It is your choice if you would like your child to wear a mask, please let your classroom teachers know, but it is now no longer required, effective June 15, 2021.

The College also released new general guidelines for visitors on campus. As above face coverings are required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 and older. If you are not required by the 3rd amended Public Health Order to wear a mask outdoors the center is also relaxing the requirement for families to wear masks while dropping off or picking up, effective June 15, 2021.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for your continued support, Danielle

Children's Center Update 4/20/21

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Dear CCCC families,

After assessing the center’s current operations and success in extending hours recently, the Children’s
Center will increase its daily hours of operation by 30 minutes. The center hours will remain 8:00am3:00pm through Friday April 30, 2021. Starting Monday May 3, 2021 the center hours will be 8:00am3:30pm. The additional 30 minutes will allow for morning snack, lunch, nap/rest period and afternoon
snack.

Schedules

The Center will continue to collect schedules 2 weeks in advance for care to ensure accurate staffing,
classroom use, meal service and supplies. Schedules received after the deadline will be charged full daily
tuition. The dates when schedules are due will be:

  • April 23 for May 1-15
  • May 7 for May 16-31

Tuition Rates

Tuition will continue based upon your child's scheduled attendance. Tuition is waived when children
remain home sick. Tuition will not be waived for any post-travel requirement absences. Billing and
payments will continue bi-monthly. Please see below for tuition rates based on 7.5 hours of care. Tuition
payments are due no later than 3 business days post billing.

  • Tuition billed April 30 for April 16-30
  • Tuition billed May 14 for May 1-15
  • Tuition billed May 28 for May 16-31
Category A&B - 7.5 hour day Category C - 7.5 hour day
Infant - $45.51 Infant - $45.86
Toddler - $45.08 Toddler - $45.44
Preschool - $41.35 Preschool - $41.71

Limited Operation Days

  • April 23, 2021. The center will close at 2 pm for department meeting and Pyramid Plus Approach
    Training
  • May 28, 2021- Full day center closure for Pyramid Plus Approach Training and department
    meeting
  • May 31, 2021- Center closed in observance of Memorial Day
Thank you for your continued support,
Danielle

Children's Center Update 3/23/21

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Dear CCCC parents,

At this time the center continues to adapt and make any necessary adjustments to align with the campus community guidelines as well as with state and local health agencies. While the required modifications for childcare facilities have restricted the centers ability to scale up operations our adherence to these guidelines have minimized disruptions due to classroom and/or center closures.

After thoughtful consideration, planning and diligent monitoring of COVID-19 developments, the Children’s Center will increase its daily hours of operation by 1.5 hours. The center hours will remain 8am-1:30pm through Friday April 2, 2021. Starting Monday April 5, 2021 the center’s hours will be 8:00am-3:00pm.The additional 1.5 hours will allow for morning snack, lunch and a rest period for the children.

Schedules

The Center will continue to collect schedules 2 weeks in advance for care to ensure accurate staffing, classroom use, meal service and supplies. If you have already submitted a schedule for the first part of April, we will allow any updated changes to be submitted by Monday March 29, 2021. Schedules received after the deadline will be charged full daily tuition. The dates when schedules are due will be:

  • April 9 for April 15-30

  • April 23 for May 1-15

  • May 7 for May 16-31

Tuition Rates

Tuition will continue based upon your child's scheduled attendance. Tuition is waived when children remain home sick. Billing and payments will continue bi-monthly. Please see attachment for tuition rates based on 7 hours of care. Tuition payments are due no later than 3 business days post billing.

  • Tuition billed March 31 for March 15-31

  • Tuition billed April 15 for April 1-15

  • Tuition billed April 30 for April 16-30

  • Tuition billed May 14 for May 1-15

  • Tuition billed May 28 for May 16-31

Limited Operation Days

There have been a few inquiries about center operations during recent inclement weather. I appreciate the suggestions which will require further review and coordination to remain in compliance with state guidelines.

  • March 26, 2021- Full Day Center closure-Staff attending virtual Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference.

  • April 23, 2021. The center will close at 2 pm for department meeting and Pyramid Plus Approach Training

  • May 28, 2021- Full day center closure for Pyramid Plus Approach Training and department meeting

  • May 31, 2021- center closed in observance for Memorial Day

Center COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

As previously communicated to you, Colorado childcare facilities may remain open with adherence to many restrictions and specific health guidelines from multiple governing bodies. The center will continue to adhere to the following:

  • Children and staff cohorts

  • Limit the number of child-staff and child-child interaction in common spaces (e.g. playground

    equipment, hallways, etc.).

  • Encourage 6-foot distancing and, where possible, implement distancing systems while learning.

  • Limit the toys in use that are easily cleanable, non-porous and with smooth surfaces and

    eliminate soft, fabric toys, dress-up clothing, sensory tables and water play.

  • Disinfect all high-touch areas at the start and end of the day and, when possible, throughout

    the day.

  • Stringent illness, exclusion and quarantine practices that apply to staff and children.

  • Determine plan for substitute staff members to cover for ill or quarantined staff.

  • Outside drop-off and pick-up procedures- limiting visitors to those that are necessary

  • Temperature/illness screening of staff and children

  • Mask wearing for anyone 3 years and up

    Thank you for your continued understanding as we continue to navigate this unpresented time to ensure the wellbeing of children and staff at the center.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out, Danielle


Children's Center Update 2/1/21

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Dear CCCC Families,

On Thursday January 28, 2021 the college announced a temporary travel policy that applies to all Colorado College community members including those that utilize the children’s center services. Personal travel and individual decisions may impact the college’s overall status. While the college cannot restrict personal travel, for the overall health and well-being of the community, we must all remain vigilant in the practices set forth in college, state and federal guidelines. We ask that community members seriously consider if travel is truly necessary and explore alternate options. Travel could increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19, thus all non-essential international and domestic travel is strongly discouraged by the CDC. If you do decide to travel outside of Colorado and in some instances outside of El Paso County: you and your travel companions (including children) must:

  • Notify me; Danielle Martinez, 719-389-6764, dmartinez@coloradocollege.edu of your travel plans
  • Have a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and consider reducing non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel even if test results are negative.
  • If testing is not completed consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days after travel. Engage in no on-campus activities during this time.

Tuition will not be waived for post travel requirement absences.
If you have further questions after reading the policy, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Danielle

cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services


Children's Center Update 1/21/21

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Dear CCCC Parents,

In early January 2021, El Paso County moved back into Level Orange: High Risk on the COVID-19 dial. As previously communicated to you, Colorado childcare facilities may remain open with adherence to many restrictions and specific public heath guidelines. Since reopening the center in May 2020, the center staff and I have faced numerous hurdles regarding how to navigate the ever-changing regulation guidelines while maintaining adherence to the college’s own mitigation protocols. While I have provided updates since our reopening, I want to share more details of the required modifications that have been implemented and restrict the center to scale up our operations.

  • Consistent children and staff cohorts. This means not sharing staff members between classroom groups and/or age groups. Per state licensing there are a required number of qualified staff that must be with children at all times.
  • Stringent illness, exclusion and quarantine practices that apply to staff and children. Staff may be absent up to 14 days if not feeling well even without having a positive COVID-19 result. Because of the cohort and staff restrictions, unplanned absences significantly impact maintaining staffing requirements.
  • Determine plan for substitute staff members to cover for ill or quarantined staff. This was our biggest hurdle and will continue to be as long as COVID-19 is still spreading. Prior to COVID-19, there were 17 staff (includes the assistant director and myself), up to 9 qualified on-call staff, and up to 5 student workers. At this time there are 14 qualified full time staff, 3 on-call staff and 2 student workers who aren’t able to work at this time. To successfully run the center with further extended hours of operations, will require all full-time staff positions filled, an increase in the on-call staff pool and the removal of the restriction to maintain classroom cohorts.
  • Limit the number of child-staff and child-child interaction in common spaces (e.g. playground
  • We are no longer able to freely move throughout the center and classrooms and therefore must have restrictions to staff and children assigned to classrooms.
  • equipment, hallways, etc.).
  • Encourage 6-foot distancing and, where possible, implement distancing systems while learning. Our classrooms are state licensed for a certain number of children based on square footage of the room. Implementing distance protocols on a daily basis required moving furniture around, adding tables/chairs to classrooms and ensuring all children are appropriately distanced
  • Ensuring Bon Appetit has the capacity to support individual meals. At this time, Bon Appetit is working under more stringent guidelines and staffing that require meals to be served individually instead of family style.
  • Limit the toys in use that are easily cleanable, non-porous and with smooth surfaces and eliminate soft, fabric toys, dress-up clothing, sensory tables and water play. The volume of play toys/materials available to children has decreased which has required us to still ensure the children have enough meaningful toys/materials available.
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas at the start and end of the day and, when possible, throughout the day. Teachers arrive at least 30 minutes before children arrive and remain after children leave to disinfect all toys/materials in their classrooms.

While these regulation guidelines have been a challenge to follow, I am very pleased our adherence to these practices have minimized multiple classroom closures or an entire center closure. Since reopening in May 2020, we had only one classroom close for 14 days.

Recruitment activities are underway to fill the remaining three full-time staff positions and to increase the on-call staff pool. Attracting qualified Early Childhood staff has always been a challenge and with the pandemic it has become harder to draw an interest of applicants in this field of work.

Once full staffing is reached and the pandemic is on the decline, I believe the center will be able to increase its hours of operations. I completely understand parents wanting the center to provide full day childcare now and I will continue to work diligently in the safest manner for your child(ren) and family, my staff and their families, and the college community.

I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you for hanging in there with us, following all current procedures, sending us kind words and gratitude in support of the Children’s Center and adjusting your day to day schedules.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or want to talk about the operations.

Danielle Martinez


Children's Center Update 11/10/20

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Dear CCCC Parents,

New guidance from The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; "Return to Learn" was released on October 30. We have already been following stringent illness exclusion guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However the new guidance is stricter and dependent on three categories of COVID-19 symptoms; critical, major or minor.

In the past few months, and noticeably the month of October, there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in child care programs. The Office of Early Childhood, Division of Human Services, and Child Care Licensing (OEC) is urging all child care programs to continue to do their part to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

The OEC is requiring children over 3 years of age to wear masks during attendance in a child care center. The college's children's center will now require children age 3 and older to wear a mask while in care at all times except to eat. Parents are asked to provide a mask for their child and have the child wear the mask at drop off.

Now, more than ever it is vital to keep children home when they are not feeling well or have ANY of the below symptoms. Parents are to notify myself or Kim via phone call or email so we are able to assess the situation and provide you informed guidance on exclusions. Exclusion guidance can be as simple as to keep the child home for 24 hours and monitor symptoms. If resolved the child may return. If symptoms continue, the child may need to remain home for as long as 10 days with resolved symptoms. No test result can end an individual's isolation or quarantine period early.

COVID-19 symptoms are:

Critical:

  • Loss of taste or smell

Major:

  • Feverish, chills or temperature greater than 100.4

  • New or worsening cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Minor:

  • Sore throat

  • Runny nose or congestion

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Fatigue (lethargy)

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Diarrhea

I understand that having childcare is necessary for many of you and that extended home isolations may cause a personal hardship but it is necessary to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Tuition will be waived for children who are home sick.

Failure to adhere to COVID-19 state mandated guidelines and the centers adopted illness exclusion guidelines may result in closures of classrooms, the center and or discontinuation of care for your child.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we navigate this unpresented time to ensure the wellbeing of children and staff at the center.

If you have any questions, please reach out.

Thank you, Danielle


 

Children's Center Update 10/16/20

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Dear CCCC families,

The Children's Center continues to adapt to meet the needs of the campus community along with requirements of state and local health agencies. I continue to monitor the state's health guidelines for childcare centers and it's alignment with the college, should health regulations or college operations shift, the center will also make adjustments.

Monday October 5, 2020, in response to COVID-19, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released updated guidance regarding cases and outbreaks in child care and schools. There are no changes to the existing modified procedures for center operations. I have attached the updated "How Sick is Too Sick" handout, for your reference, as well as the At-Home Symptom Screening for Parents and Staff handout. Related to health guidance, I also regularly confer with Colorado Springs Nurse Consultants for any additional exclusion/reporting guidance.

Hours of Operation

The center is now serving families 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A morning snack and limited menu lunch will be served.

Tuition Rates

Tuition will continue based upon your child's scheduled attendance. Tuition is waived when children remain home sick. Billing and payment will continue bi-monthly:

  • October 15 for October 1 - 15
  • October 30 for October 16 - 30
  • November 15 for November 1-15
  • November 30 for November16 - 30
  • December 15 for December 1-31 (this payment will be due on January 8, 2021)

Scheduled Closures

November 13, 25-27; December 18, 2020 - January 3, 2021, January 25 are all scheduled closure days. Tuition will be billed for these days.

Dates to submit Schedules

We will continue to collect schedules 2 weeks in advance for care, to ensure accurate staffing, classroom use, meal service and supplies. The dates when schedules are due will be:

  • October 26 for November 2 - 13
  • November 19for November 16 - 30
  • November 23 for December 1 - 17
  • December 11 for January 4-15

A message similar to this, will be announced to the campus community via CC Communications.

Thank you for your continued support of the Children's Center. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Danielle Martinez

Director, Children's Center


 

Children's Center Update 9/14/20

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Dear CCCC Parents,

After thoughtful consideration and feedback on the center's current operations and usage needs, the Children's Center will increase its daily hours of operation by 30 minutes beginning Thursday October 1, 2020. Regular tuition rates will also be reinstated with scheduled use.

The hours of operation will be 8:00 am to 1:30 pm (5.5 hours a day).

To ensure accurate staffing, classroom use, meal service and supplies, we require you begin providing a child care schedule every 2 weeks. If you are able to plan further in advance, we will gladly accept those schedules as well.

If you need another day added to a schedule previously submitted, please email me or Kim, so we can ensure there is availability for that day.

If we do not receive a schedule by the due date for your child, the full week schedule will be selected and you will be billed accordingly.

Schedule Example:

For the days of October 1 - 15, a schedule is to be turned in NO Later than Friday September 25.

For the days of October 16 -30, a schedule NO later than Monday October 12.

The daily tuition rate will be: Category A & B

Category C

Infants- $36.36 a day

$36.64 a day

Toddlers- $36.02 a day

$36.30 a day

Preschool- $33.05 a day

$33.34 a day


 

Children's Center Update 9/2/20

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September 2, 2020

Dear CCCC Families,

Colorado College remains committed to ensure the health and wellbeing of the entire campus community. To meet this commitment, Tuesday September 1, 2020, the College announced that classes are moving to remote delivery for the remainder of Block 1 and most classes will be remote for the remainder of the Fall Semester.

I continue to monitor the state's health guidelines for childcare centers and it's alignment with the college's guidelines on employees and operations. I understand the requests to increase the centers hours of operations. I am unable to forecast when the college's limited operational status will be lifted.

The Children's center hours of operation will remain at 5 hours. Morning snack and a limited menu lunch will be served. I am taking into consideration adding a half hour at the start of the day.

Tuition will continue on a daily rate for care. Billing for September 1-September 15 will be billed on September 15. Billing for September 16-Septmeber 30, will be billed on September 30. Billing for October 1-15 will be billed on October 15. Billing for October 16-October 30, will be billed on October 30.

To ensure there is accurate staffing, classroom use, meal service and supplies, please email me no later than Monday September 14 with any updated schedules and/or a plan to return.

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.

Thank you for your continued support of the Children's Center,

Danielle Martinez

cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services


 

Children's Center Update 8/24/20

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August 24, 2020

Dear CCCC Parents,

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released updated COVID-19 guidance on August 13, 2020, for K-12; Child Care facilities are now included in this guidance. Attached for your reference is the CDPHE guidance document. CDPHE COVID-19 guidance is in addition to our regular illness/exclusion guidelines and may change without advance notice.

Children/staff with any of the guidance criteria will be excluded from care/work for at least 24 hours after fevers or exclusionary symptoms have resolved without the use of fever reducers/medicines. Some exclusionary criteria require longer exclusions, or a clear diagnosis before returning to care and or work.

As a reminder, please keep your children home if they are ill. Any child excluded because of illness while at the center will be removed from the classroom awaiting pick-up. If you are unsure if you should keep your child home, please contact me before arriving to the center.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of the Children's Center,

Danielle

cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services


 

Children's Center Update 8/3/20

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August 3, 2020

Dear CCCC Families,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, after reviewing COVID-19 guidance, staffing patterns and the ability to remain open in the safest manner possible, the Children's Center is unable to open for extended hours on August 10, 2020 as originally planned.

We will maintain the current hours of operation 8:30am-1:30pm until we can safely extend our hours of operation that follow all licensing requirements. I will keep you updated and provide sufficient notice when the center's hours of operation change.

Tuition billing will continue on the current daily rate price.

If you need to adjust the schedules for your child/ren, please email me with any updates.

I apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause you and your family.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

Danielle

cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services

Children's Center Update 7/15/20

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July 15, 2020

On Tuesday June 30, 2020, Governor Polis amended the state's "Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors" guidelines to expire Thursday July 30, 2020. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance for childcare has not changed with the current public health order. At this time, Colorado College remains on a telecommute/work remote status until August 1.

The center's hours of operation will remain 8:30am-1:30pm, through August 7, 2020. Starting Monday August 10, 2020, the center's hours will be 8:30 am-3:00 pm. The additional 1.5 hours will allow for a morning snack, limited menu lunch and a rest period for the children.

Tuition will continue on a daily rate for care, through Monday August 31, 2020. Billing for July 1-July 15 will be billed on July 15. Billing for July 15-July 31, will be billed on July 31. Billing for August 1-15 will be billed on August 15. Billing for August 15-August 31, will be billed on August 31.

To ensure there is accurate staffing, classroom use, meal service and supplies, please email me no later than Monday July 27 with any updated schedules and/or a plan to return.

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.

Reminder:

Please notify us via email or phone call as soon as possible, if you plan on adding days to your current schedules, or if your child will be absent.

If you or anyone in your house have COVID-19 symptoms, have been tested and are waiting on results or waiting to be tested, please let me know. Your child/ren may need to be excluded from the program for a specific amount of time. Your identification will remain confidential.

Thank you for your continued support of the Children's Center,

Danielle Martinez

cc: Barbara J. Wilson, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services


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.

Friendly reminders:

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.

Sincerely,

Danielle

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.


Helpful Online Items

COVID At-Home Symptom Screening for Parents and Staff

2021-2022 Center Calendar

Request for Child Care Form

Parent Handbook

Report an issue - Last updated: 09/17/2021

Colorado College
Cheryl Schlessman Bennett
Children's Center

909 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Tel 719-389-6764
Fax 719-389-6714
childrenscenter@coloradocollege.edu