“Many parents continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19 on their daily lives and a large population is grappling with the reality that their kids may not be returning to school classrooms for quite some time,” said Greg Helwig, CEO at Kiddie Academy. “However, for those parents who are seeking a viable solution, we want to provide guidance so they can feel comfortable making the best decision for their families.”
If you’re thinking about or are currently sending your child to a daycare facility, Kiddie Academy recommends asking your caregivers the following questions to ensure the safety of your family. This insight comes from Kiddie Academy Health EssentialsSM —a set of standard operating procedures implemented at over 200 Kiddie Academy locations nationwide and designed to mitigate the potential spread of infection while offering parents and staff greater peace of mind.
- What are your handwashing protocols? Experts say soap and water offer the simplest solution to combat infection, so staff should be increasing frequency of handwashing for themselves and all children. Ask about protocols to start the day as well as how often this occurs throughout a child’s daily visit.
- Do you implement advanced cleaning procedures, such as nightly cleaning, daily laundering of soft items, including bedding? Do you keep items brought in from the outside to a minimum?
- Does your facility require daily health checks? Is temperature monitoring upon entrance mandatory?
- What are you using to track symptoms systemwide?
- Is there a plan for isolating symptomatic children from others immediately upon observation?
- How are you planning to inform parents of any infection among both students and staff?
“In general, children have tolerated the virus well in terms of avoiding serious illness,” adds Dr. Jason Goldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P., and Kiddie Academy’s newly appointed Health and Wellness Advisor. “What ultimately must be considered is the impact on the family unit or bubble at large, including vulnerable or older adults in a higher risk category.”
Kiddie Academy Health EssentialsSM were designed to enhance the procedures already in place to help stop the spread of infectious germs into Academies. From daily health monitoring for staff and students and frequent, thorough handwashing, to strictly enforcing its illness policy for staff and students, each Academy is well equipped to ensure children and staff remain as healthy as possible.
In addition to serving families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old with full-time care, select Kiddie Academy locations in Austin are offering full-day private Kindergarten programs and a new in-classroom option for school-aged children that enables them to attend virtual sessions, do homework and socialize with other students and teachers daily in a safe, developmentally appropriate environment. Program offers vary by location, so contact your local Academy for details.
Kiddie Academy operates 267 locations nationwide, including 5 locations in Austin at Round Rock, Cedar Park West, Pflugerville, Bee Cave and Buda. Space is limited, so check with your local Kiddie Academy for availability and to find out how it is adapting school-age classroom(s) for virtual learning this fall and if they have space available.
About Kiddie Academy®
Since its inception in 1981, Kiddie Academy has been a recognized, national leader in educational child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full-time care, before-and after-school care, and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities, and techniques help prepare children for life. Kiddie Academy has received corporate accreditation from the globally recognized Cognia accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit kiddieacademy.com or find Kiddie Academy on Facebook at Facebook.com/KiddieAcademy.
About Kiddie Academy Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and currently has 267 open Academies located in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With 30 new Academies expected to open in 2020, Kiddie Academy’s network will grow to more than 280 open and operating locations this year. For more information, visit franchising.kiddieacademy.com.
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