Since the beginning of the pandemic, our friends at Casa de Corazón have been at the forefront of navigating the challenges facing child care centers. In the first wave of shutdowns, they were there for families of first responders, and as families were locked down in May, they launched a bilingual E-learning Platform that was open to everyone in the community.
Now that many children are back in day care, they are continuing to practice consistent sanitation throughout the center.
Classroom tables are sanitized after every meal, diaper changing tables after every change, and toys and surfaces at the end of each day. They separate mouthed toys immediately for later washing, and they deep clean common areas regularly.
“I have been so impressed with the proactive communication and heavy work your team has put into making a safe environment at Casa.” – Josh, Casa Parent
Drop-off and pick-up times look different, too. They've implemented a temperature check procedure and conduct symptom checks, masks are required for parents and staff, and parents are asked to maintain social distancing by not entering the classroom or lingering in common areas.
The staff practices social distancing, and for now, there's no sharing of art supplies between classrooms.
Amid the new safety protocols, their staff is finding ways to maintain a sense of joy and normalcy for the children who attend. In January, the kids participated in Favorite Hat Day, indoor bowling, puppet theater, studied Puerto Rican Culture as the "Cultura del Mes" (Culture of the Month), learned about Three Kings Day, and created handprint art in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For more information about Casa de Corazón and their COVID safety protocols, visit their website.