COVID-19 Updates

Update & Resources: Regarding COVID-19 Virus

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Supporters and Friends, 

March 22, 2020:

The education, health and happiness of children is the greatest priority of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.

Our Center was contacted by representatives from the Governors Office, the Suffolk County Executive’s Office, and the East Hampton Town Supervisor’s Office asking if the Center could open for what New York State has identified as “Essential Workers/Essential Business” during this current State of Emergency.

The Center will follow these government offices’ call and open beginning Wednesday March 25 for both our currently enrolled EWECC families and other families and caregivers who fall under the NYS list of “Essential Workers” with school age children in need of daycare. (The authorized NYS list is below)

The Office of Children and Family Services has issued a waiver under the current State of Emergency to extend beyond The Center’s normal guidelines to provide daycare to elementary school-aged children as well as 18 month old to 4 year old children of Essential Workers.

Starting Wednesday March 25, The Center will be open for normal operating hours from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm for children ages 18 months through 12 years old. On opening and each day, every child will have a wellness check for fever or other signs of illness. Parents will need to register their children by providing the child’s immunization records and two emergency contacts.

The fee for daycare during this State of Emergency is waived for all Essential Workers. Parents must be prepared to share their work identification when they register their children.

Only families that are part of the Essential Workforce are able to send their children to The Center. For those who qualify and need help, you can email Robyn Mott at rmott@ewecc.org.  

For all others, please stay safe with your family and follow the guidance of the CDC and all the public health experts for adults to practice preventative measures including:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get your flu shot – it is never too late
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms.

Adults can use this time as an opportunity with children to teach, encourage, or reinforce the very best practices in reducing the spread of germs including:

  • Washing their hands, often during the day, with warm soap and water while singing the first verse of a song.
  • Sneezing into their elbow.
  • Blowing their nose into a tissue, throwing tissue away, then washing their hands.

We will continue to clearly communicate with our families and caregivers with any updated closing information and any information from the CDC or our New York State partners in health.

With Caring,

Katy Graves,                   Robyn Mott
Executive Director        Administrative Director

Actualizar y Recursos: En cuanto a COVID-19 Virus

Estimados padres y cuidadores,

15 de marzo de, 2020: La educación, la salud y la felicidad de su hijo es nuestra prioridad en el centro infantil Eleanor Whitmore. Hoy en día, nuestro Condado de Suffolk ejecutivo, Steve Bellone pidió el cierre de todas las escuelas del condado de Suffolk como un medio de reducir la propagación del virus Covid-19. El EWECC va a seguir el llamado del Ejecutivo del Condado y cerrar el centro a partir de marzo hasta el Martes, 17 viernes 27 marzo, 2020 . El centro estará abierto el lunes 16 marzo, 2020 para las horas normales de funcionamiento. El lunes, por favor, comparta con el personal o la administración lo carga que este cierre en su familia y si el centro puede apoyar con los alimentos durante el cierre.

El centro va a levantar la matrícula durante este cierre y mantenerse en comunicación con nuestras familias a través de nuestro “HiMama” de aplicaciones, correo electrónico, página web y nuestra EWECC. Para mejorar nuestra facilidad de comunicación, por favor proporcione su dirección de correo electrónico con su profesor.

Manténgase a salvo con su familia, con la orientación de la CDC y todos los expertos en salud pública para los adultos practiquen las medidas generales de prevención de la gripe, incluyendo:

  • Cúbrase al toser o estornudar con un pañuelo desechable o la manga
  • Lavarse las manos regularmente
  • Evitar tocarse la cara
  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas
  • Obtenga su vacuna contra la gripe – que nunca es demasiado tarde
  • Quedarse en casa si se siente enfermo. Llame a su médico y hacerles saber sus síntomas.

Los adultos pueden utilizar este tiempo como una oportunidad para enseñar a los niños, alentar o reforzar las mejores prácticas para reducir la propagación de gérmenes, incluyendo:

  • Lavarse las manos, a menudo durante el día, con jabón y agua caliente mientras se canta la primera estrofa de una canción.
  • Estornudar en el codo.
  • Soplando en un tejido, arrojando pañuelo, a continuación, se lavan las manos.

Vamos a seguir para comunicarse claramente con nuestras familias y cuidadores con información actualizada de cierre y cualquier información de los CDC o nuestros socios del Estado de Nueva York en la salud.

Con el cuidado,

Katy Graves, Robyn Mott
director Director Administrativo Ejecutivo

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