WELCOME TO THE EARLY LEARNING CENTERS OF RHODE ISLAND!
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island
(Barrington, East Providence, Rumford, East Greenwich, and Coventry centers)
COVID-19 Reopening plan for June 1st, 2020
Parents will be called on May 26th at their emergency contact number by the director of their center. The director can answer any specific questions and will verify the family's intent to attend.
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island will begin implementing the following rules and requirements immediately:
Due to new government guidelines concerning isolated classrooms, scheduled/routine cleaning times, and for the general health and safety of the children and teachers, all ELC of RI centers will adjust their hours - Monday to Friday 7 AM to 5 PM.
No parents, or visitors will be allowed access into the center upon reopening on June 1st. Tours, repairs, deliveries, maintenance needs within the building will be conducted outside or before/after hours. ELC of RI teachers, staff, children, and state inspectors will be the only persons within the building during operation hours.
All adult persons are required to wear masks on the grounds of the centers. This includes wearing of masks on the parking lots, playgrounds, and within the buildings.
Drop-off and pick-up procedures/social distancing guidelines, and screening, families, and children upon arrival:
"Parking area teacher assisted drop off and pickup" will be implemented as of June 1st. Parents will call 10 minutes ahead to the ELC of RI centers before arriving at the centers for student drop off or pick up. Parents and students will remain in their vehicles until a staff member approaches to assist in the hand off of the children. Families getting out of their vehicles and waiting, will not be allowed as it can violate social distancing.
Any individual arriving at the center shall document their arrival and departure time on a log that must be kept onsite and available.
Any individual arriving at the center must complete a self-attestation form (wellness form), that has been developed and approved by DHS and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), for the purpose of screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
Parents will sign their children in and out of attendance outside and the sign in roster and pen will be sanitized after each use. Parents will be verbal asked screening health question concerning their household and the health of the child. A response is required by law or the child cannot attend the daycare center.
Pick up procedures continued:
The staff member wearing personal protective equipment (masks and gloves), will transfer custody of the child, and it is required that parents wear their face masks during the exchange, and limit personal contact. The staff member will take the temperature of the parent and the student using a non-contact thermometer in order to screen for fever within the household. Staff members and children will use hand sanitizer on their entry and exit of the centers. Hand washing will of course be undertaken at designated times during the day, and before pick up and drop off using antibacterial soap.
Cleaning and sanitation protocols in adherence to CDC guidelines:
The floors of the centers will be cleaned with diluted chlorine bleach. Table tops, light switches, and objects to be handled will be disinfected with a Lysol alternative which is 99.9 percent effective on eliminating bacteria and viruses. The Lysol alternative is child and pet safe. The cleaning of the centers will be conducted before initial opening on June 1st, throughout the day, and during closing of the centers at night. Surfaces to clean include table tops, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, cubbies, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets/sinks (Again, all objects touched by hand will be cleaned and disinfected with the Lysol alternative spray.) Outdoor play areas/playgrounds will also be cleaned and disinfected with the Lysol alternative between usage by different groups/classrooms.
Social distancing, group size, and sleeping /naptime set up:
Per government requirements, group size for infants will not exceed 8 infants and 2 teachers. Group size for toddlers, preschool. PreK, and school age will not exceed 10 students and 2 teacher. Each of these groups will have their own area and will not intermingle. Separation of groups will also be enforced through scheduled use of the playgrounds.
Naptime set up will place cots in such a manner that children do not lay face to face, and the cots will be placed as far apart as possible. Personal blankets and sheets used by the children will continue to be stored in 2.5 gallon zip lock bags when not in use. Parents are still responsible to launder their children's sheets and blanket over the weekend.
General illness policy:
Per CDC and DCYF/DHS guidelines, any staff member, parent, family member, or student showing signs of cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell should remain or return home. All persons arriving at ELC of RI centers as stated previously, will be screened with health questions and allow their temperature to be taken using a digital non-contact thermometer. Any staff or child with a temperature of 100.4 will need to remain home or, or be sent home, and quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours. DCYF, DCYF, and the health department will be monitoring and provided all updates concerning the health and well being of our children and staff.
Child illness policy in adherence to CDC guidelines:
ELC of RI will also monitor children at our locations for the new "Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). These symptoms while very rare, can be very deadly and require immediate attention when observed. These symptoms include: fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Children that exhibit these symptoms at home should be taken to a hospital immediately. Children exhibiting these symptoms while at the centers will be isolated from other children and placed a separate room and allowed to lay down. The parents will be informed of the symptoms displayed by their child, and immediate pick up of the child by the parent must occur so the child can be taken to hospital for diagnosis and treatment. Any child showing symptoms of being sick will be isolated in the main office and allowed to lay down on a cot until a parent can pick them up. DHS and DCYF will be informed.
Hand washing guidelines for staff & children:
Staff members will first use hand sanitizing lotion upon arrival at the center in the entry way. Hand washing using antibacterial soap by staff members will also be completed after entering the facility checking in for work. Staff members will wash their before and after preparing food and drinks for children, and after assisting children with bathroom use or changing of diapers. During these tasks, staff will don a new set of disposable gloves after washing their hands. This practices were already in use, but this is being stated for clarity to parents and government agencies. Teachers will also set countdown timers in an effort to track times children and teachers in a room wash their hands. Children will wash their hands before and after meals, and after use of the rest rooms.
Children will be encouraged to hand sanitize their hands upon arrival at the center, and also encouraged to wash their hands with antibacterial soap after they store their belongings. Children will
Staffing plan/protocol for monitoring staff absenteeism:
ELC of RI staff will remain with the same classroom each day and be replaced by the same follow on teachers each day.
Any staff member feeling sick will remain home and report symptoms as soon as they present themselves. This teacher will be replaced by the teacher scheduled earlier or later in that room. Moving teachers from one group to another group is discouraged, and will only be used as a last resort. Tracking information of which teacher has covered which room, and the children involved will be logged for tracking information. If COVID-19 symptoms present themselves in staff or teachers the information will be provided to DCYF/DHS and parents of that daycare locations. The names of the staff and children involved will be provided to DCYF/DHS, but will NOT be released to the public to protect the privacy of those involved.
Gross Motor play:
Inside activities - While inside the facility, children will take part in gross motor play by undertaking activities such as, yoga, Simon says, and red light/green light games. No physical contact will occur. No other groups, or classes will mix or join another group during gross motor play.
Outside activities - While outside the facility (playground time), children will take part in gross motor play by undertaking activities such as, using play structures. running and races, yoga, Simon says, and red light/green light games. No physical contact will occur. No other groups, or classes will mix or join another group during gross motor play.
SPECIAL RATES OFFERED!!!
ELC of RI is offering special rates in order to fill available childcare slots at our centers. Please call 401-294-4900 to take advantage of these open slots while they are available.
- Our "Multiple child discount" also applies at all of our centers!!!
- 10% Discount to children with parents serving in the Military, Law Enforcement, and/or local Fire Departments!!!
ELC of RI has adopted a Creative Curriculum and running a Reggio Emilia "INSPIRED" program.
Reggio Emilia is an innovative approach, recognized worldwide for its ground breaking education approach. It fosters education from the tender age, and promotes the best possible integration between family life and a educational setting. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Children are believed to be “knowledge bearers” themselves, so they are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about everything they could meet or do during the day. The child are also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher.
Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where they have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings, and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community.
Project topics are also selected on the basis of an academic curiosity or social concern on the part of teachers or parents, or serendipitous events that direct the attention of the children and teachers. Reggio teachers place a high value on their ability to improvise and respond to children's predisposition to enjoy the unexpected. Regardless of their origins, successful projects are those that generate a sufficient amount of interest and uncertainty to provoke children's creative thinking and problem-solving and are open to different avenues of exploration. Because curriculum decisions are based on developmental and socio-cultural concerns, small groups of children of varying abilities and interests, including those with special needs, work together on projects.
Projects begin with teachers observing and questioning children about the topic of interest. Based on children's responses, teachers introduce materials, questions, and opportunities that provoke children to further explore the topic. While some of these teacher provocations are anticipated, projects often move in unanticipated directions as a result of problems children identify. An example of this would be children observing that local birds have lost wetlands to refresh themselves with, so the young students designed a bird bath sanctuary out of non-toxic material left over from construction projects. One such school built a bird bath out of plastic tubs and tubing.
Curriculum planning and implementation revolve around open-ended and often long-term projects that are based on the reciprocal nature of teacher-directed and child-initiated activity. All of the topics of interest are given by the children. Within the project approach, children are given opportunities to make connections between prior and new knowledge while engaging in authentic tasks.
Educational excellence, unwavering dedication and outstanding child care. Those are the values that The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island stands for. Demand for daycare facilities continue to grow day by day, but all too often, institutions are only able to focus on either allowing the child to enjoy their childhood and develop naturally or forcing the child to focus only on mental development in order to achieve high test scores later on in life.
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island is different. We promote physical activities in large open areas and a wide variety of educational games, but we also have a small library and various arts and crafts for your child to unleash his or her full creative and intellectual potential.
Our goal is to promote every child's development individually using an appropriate mix of academic and recreational activities.
When it comes to your kids, nothing less than the highest standards will do. Our institution provides a safe environment for your child to explore his or her full potential. If you're looking for a daycare center that meets these stringent demands, look no further!
MESSAGE FROM OUR OWNER:
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island is family owned and operated, providing for the learning needs of Rhode Island based families. Our centers provide essential care for children from six weeks to twelve years of age. ELC of RI was created in order to establish a safe and happy learning environment for children of all school ages and backgrounds. Our setting not only teaches essential developmental skills, but also allows your child to experience the joy and thrill of learning through play. Our staff uses years of education and first hand experience to produce the highest standard of learning for your child, while still achieving the heightened levels of fun and happiness sought by young minds. The current goal of the owner is to continuously upgrade all centers and provide additional programs while providing child care to the families at the same cost as other local centers. The owner knows that families want the best for their children even during these hard economic times. He hopes that by improving our current centers and keeping tuition at reasonable rates, it will not only help the financial situation of our families, but also the overall economy of our great state. Our goal is to provide the best child care, and daycare at the best possible price. This is the very reason our motto is "The Best Care, for the Best Price!" Stop by our centers and meet our staff, and you will see we truly are a family run business. May all of our families and our courageous troops both home and abroad have a safe and happy year.
Our certifications and licenses can be found and checked with DCYF at http://www.dcyf.state.ri.us.
All of our facilities can be reached by bus. Please visit here to get details: http://www.ride.ri.gov/.