Over the last few months our households, jobs, schools, daycare centers, and social practices have undergone many changes that have drastically changed how we operate day to day. These changes have also impacted the lives of our little ones as we all try to make responsible and safe decisions for our families and communities. A number of months into the pandemic, we are all realizing that the road “back to normal” may well be much longer than we had hoped and might very well no longer exist. The virus is forcing us all to discover a new normal and a new way forward. One question we have as parents is what is safe and best for my infant, preschooler, or school-aged child as it relates to childcare and school-age summer programs? There is no one answer to this question. Each family must make decisions and choices unique to their personal circumstances and needs.
- Families with both essential and non-essential jobs have had their children enrolled in care throughout the pandemic.
- Other families have high risk situations or have chosen to stay at home and are on hold with their enrollment.
- Many families are figuring out their new normal and are feeling safe to re-enroll while others are not and are choosing to stay out a while longer.
Like your family, Early Childhood Development Centers have also had to figure out a new normal. Responding to the Governor’s call to stay open throughout the pandemic as essential service providers, many centers are open and providing care and programming. Practices to create as safe an environment as possible for children during the pandemic have evolved and changed. Child Care Centers, already highly regulated, are well positioned to step up and implement additional and thorough disease control policies. Many Centers are posting their safety measures on their websites, as are we (Example of childcare safety measures).
Early Childhood Education Centers and School-Age Programs are open if you need them and providing a safe and fun place for kids to re-discover their new normal! Whatever you choose for your children and family is okay. Childcare centers and families can support one another and work together to create the best possible future for children!
Leah Retamozo, MA, CEO
Bilingual Child Care & Education Center, Inc.
Bilingual Child Care & Education Center provides Spanish Immersion Early childhood education for children 0-9 in Mahtomedi and Roseville! Give your child the gift of language this summer! Now enrolling school age summer programs (Mahtomedi) and year-round care for children 0-5 at both locations!