Updated Heath and Safety Procedures
The changes that are necessary during this COVID-19 outbreak are drastically different than what we know as high-quality care. We are committed to our philosophy of developmentally appropriate education and will adhere to all recommendations to maintain the safest environment possible. We will continue to provide warm and responsive interactions that create a nurturing and stable environment which enables the development of secure attachments between children and their caregivers—both those within and beyond their families. As this situation evolves, we will adapt our procedures may change. We appreciate your support of our policies during these unprecedented times.
The following guidelines are observed at all centers:
Drop-off, Pick-up, and Visiting
- All centers have a health check area. We check-in one family at a time, limiting the amount of families allowed in the centers during peek drop-off and pick-up times.
- Children, parents/caregivers, and teachers have their temperature checked every morning. Children and staff have their temperatures checked again mid-day. All parents /caregivers are screened again at pick-up.
- All adults need to wear face coverings while inside the center.
- We ask that one parent/caregiver per family enters the center, drop-off takes place outside of the classrooms.
Restrict visitors, including volunteers and parents/caregivers.
- Parents/Caregivers are limited to the front lobby areas of our centers. Only children and staff are allowed in classrooms or playgrounds
- Our open-door policy is not active at this time. All maintenance, administration and other routine center visitors must have their temperature check every time they enter the center.
- Nursing mothers may visit the center. A separate room is available for nursing mothers to visit with their child.
Groups shall not mix with each other. Stagger activities such as outdoor time or other breaks so no two groups are in the same place at the same time.
- Shared space is limited to the playground. All classes have scheduled outdoor times with a 10-minute interval between groups to complete sanitation of shared surfaces. Classes will never be on the yard at the same time.
- Teachers are assigned to one classroom and to not visit other classrooms.
Children shall not change from one group to another.
- Unfortunately, this means we cannot use our typical transition schedule that gradually lets children visit between classrooms. Children will go straight to their new room when they are ready to move up or age out of a class. Teachers will give you a “Welcome to Your New Classroom” book to help us get your children familiar with their new teachers and class.
Re-engineer classrooms to put six feet between children’s activity stations, tables, and chairs.
- Children will be working in different areas of the class to allow for maximum space between children.
- Smaller center areas are created and designed for only 1-2 children.
- The art area and writing areas will have individual boxes for each child to minimize the amount of shared materials.
- Preschool classes have an activity menus posted so each child can choose their daily activities. This promotes individualized play and naturally create social distance in the environment.
Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer.
- Classrooms will have a maximum capacity of 10 children in the room until this restriction is updated.
Eliminate circle time and other activities that bring children close together.
- Circle time plays a large part in our classrooms and we are sad for the need to eliminate it. We will still incorporate reading, flannel board stories, songs, and dancing; it will just be with small groups of children so they can maintain social distancing measures.
At nap time, place cribs at least 6 feet apart. If this is not feasible, put children down for naps arranged head to foot.
- Children's sleeping mats and cribs will be spaced 6 feet apart when possible.
- If space is limited, cribs will be placed so that one infant sleeps in every other crib and children on mats will sleep head to toe.
Avoid sharing tables whenever possible.
- Where available, you will see tables sectioned off for individual use.
- Individual table areas will be used for mealtimes and during individual activity time.
- When tables need to be shared, the tables will be disinfected before the next group arrives. Just like our old policy, tables will be cleaned and disinfected before and after all meals.
Discontinue buffet-style food options and offer pre-packaged foods when possible.
- Home lunch will need to be provided until further notice.
- Individually wrapped morning and afternoon snacks will be served when available.
Develop activities that model and reinforce good hygiene and social (physical) distancing practices.
- As per our old protocols, we wash hands upon arrival, after touching our noses and mouths, before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and after coming inside. We will continue with washing hands often.
Cleaning and disinfecting
- We have updated our cleaning and sanitizing chart as recommended by the local health department. Teachers have been trained to follow these new protocols in all classes.
Mount Washington Preschool and Child Care Centers at a glance:
Our goal in MWPCCC is to support families with young children and infants. We prepare children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning by offering them a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, nurturing staff, and a commitment to children's social well-being in an environment that respects and celebrates diversity. Our target population is an economically and ethnically diverse group of children in Los Angeles. We are committed to serving as many low-income/subsidized children as possible, and in fact, often we have absorbed those costs in order to make sure that we do not turn away families for lack of funds.