Transitioning our programs
4 on-site preschools closed and re-opened with COVID-19 precautions in-person with the option for fully remote learning accompanied by educational materials delivered to families.
Home visiting services transitioned their 90-minute visit/week into the virtual space including phone calls and video conferencing as well as care packages delivered weekly.
Always working closely with our families
The pandemic has revealed many of our parents to be essential workers who are facing the brunt of this crisis. Our families include immigrants, refugees, single parents, and foster parents. Some are homeless. We continue to work closely with them in ascertaining what they need most and finding the most effective and fastest means of getting them this support.
We have made over 650 referrals to services including emergency crisis response, housing assistance, English as a Second Language/adult education, job training, health training, parent education, mental health, and child abuse or domestic violence support. Our 2020 Winter Drive resulted in 283 gifts for families in our center-based and home-based programs. Essential packages of diapers, wipes, and formula have been sent to families every other week, and over 14,000 lbs of food have been delivered. We have provided new trainings for our staff, including immigration rights and on-going equity trainings. We have deepened our collaborations with partner organizations to share resources and provide support to one another and the families we serve.
Systemic racism and COVID-19
The majority of our families identify as Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Bi/multiracial – communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic and targeted by heightened acts of racism. Since 1970, DLEC has focused on respecting the cultural heritage and individuality of every family. As our nation awakes to the reality of systemic racism within our society, we continue to examine our own services and culture to best center our families and their needs.
Our safety protocols
While the purpose of each branch of DLEC stays the same, we are strictly following state-wide public health regulations and federal CDC recommendations for safety procedures and practices. As these regulations change, we continuously evolve our services to reflect the most up-to-date research and recommendations to keep our families and staff safe.
Limited Class Size: Following the guidance of the CDC, we have limited our on-site class size to a maximum of 12 children and 2 teachers.
Screenings: Daily health check and temperature check for all children. These are performed at drop off outside our center. Children are not to be accepted who have fever over 100.4 F. Parents are encouraged not to bring their child if he/she has any symptoms of cold, runny nose, or diarrhea.
If a child has two or more loose bowel movements while at school, we ask the parents to pick them up.
If a child or someone in the same household are experiencing any sickness or showing any cold symptoms, they are asked to stay home.
Limited Exposure: In an effort to reduce exposure and limit the number of people in the center, parents are not permitted to enter. Thus, we now have new drop off and pick up procedures in place:
Drop off: After a child is screened, a staff member signs in for the parent. The child is picked up by a staff member and escorted to his/her classroom.
Pick up: When a parent arrives, a staff member escorts the child from the classroom. A staff member signs the child out when he/she is brought to the parent.
Quarantine: A child who shows signs of illness or fever over 100.4 F will be sent home immediately. Sick children will be quarantined in a designated room with a staff member while a parent is notified for pick up. Parents must be able to pick up their child within 1 hour of being notified.
Cleaning and Disinfecting (3 times daily): Classroom staff are trained to practice specific cleaning procedures based on Public Health recommendations.
Social Distancing: Common areas, classroom and outdoor space use and layout have been adapted to encourage social distancing.
Protection Supplies: Programs maintain an adequate supply of protective items such as gloves, hand soap, disinfectant and sanitizer.