COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Early Childhood Alliance will be continuously monitoring the developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Check this page often as we’ll be updating it regularly with information and status related to Early Childhood Alliance’s response. Due to the rapid and frequently changing circumstances, it is likely that very little lead time will be given before our responses change.

Centers' Status

Open With Adjusted Hours

Currently 7 am-5 pm. Beginning August 10, 6:30am to 5:30pm

 

Updated 8/4/2020

Office Status

Open, but visitors are prohibited

Administrative staff are now back in the office but visitors are not being permitted within the Ivy Tech campus.

 

Updated 7/15/2020

Spark a Future Event Status

Now Virtual & Rescheduled

Converted to a virtual event to be held on August 19, 2020

 

Updated 7/15/2020

COVID-19 Precautions In Place at all ECA Learning Centers

ECA is ever mindful of the need to keep the children in our care, their family members and staff as safe and healthy as possible. To do that, staff continue to follow COVID 19-related policies and procedures that were put in place in April, per FSSA, the CDC and State guidelines. Questions are to be directed to a member of the Center Support Management Team.

COVID-19 Response Policies & Procedures

What we're doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Observing daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures per licensing regulations
  • Reducing center hours to 7am-5pm daily to allow for ample disinfecting one hour prior and one hour before closing
  • Cleaning and/or sanitizing the following surfaces and items daily
    • Bathrooms
    • Tabletops
    • Trash can lids
    • Doorknobs
    • Phones
    • Front office areas
    • Break room
    • Kitchen
    • Playgrounds
    • Large motor skill areas
    • Chairs
    • and Shelving
  • Washing ALL blankets, masks, and smocks worn during the day from ALL classrooms daily
  • Requiring staff to wear masks when entering the center and throughout their shifts unless outside or able to maintain proper social distancing
  • Requiring all infant and toddler teachers wearing long-sleeved smocks to change if they come into contact with bodily fluids
  • Requiring staff to wash their hands upon entering classrooms, this includes managers, substitute teachers, and floating teachers
  • Requiring staff with long hair to pull it back while working so that it is off their neck and shoulders
  • Requiring staff to take their body temperature prior to the beginning of their shifts
  • Prohibiting staff recording a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit from entering the center until fever and symptom free for a period of 48 hours without the use of medications
  • Requiring staff to observe social distancing guidelines when in common areas with coworkers
  • Prohibiting the gathering of staff in the break room and other public areas to ensure social distancing
  • Ordering individual boxes of art and writing supplies to reduce the need for communal suppliess
  • Complying with safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA with regard to preventing the exposure and spread of disease
What families are required to do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Notify Center staff as soon as possible if a child or family member in the household demonstrates COVID-19 symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Effective Monday, July 27th, per Governor Holcomb’s mandate ALL school age children will be required to wear masks in the classroom/hallways. We are asking parents to send masks along with their children if possible.
  • Toddlers, Young PreK, and PreK children will NOT be required to wear a mask. We will attempt to have the child wear a mask, but will not force them to do so.
  • Infants are NOT required to wear a mask and will not be expected to do so at all.
  • Keeping children exhibiting any of the following symptoms at home or picking up a child that begins showing symptoms after drop off
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Severe cold, including persistant running/snotty nose (that isn’t the result of asthma or allergies)Persistent/hacking check cough (that isn’t the result of asthma or allergies)
    • Auxiliary (underarm) temperature of 100 degrees (without adding a degree)
    • Undiagnosed rash
    • Persistent earache
    • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
    • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
    • Child does not feel well enough to participate in the normal daily activities
    • Temperature of 100 degrees or more
    • Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye
    • Lice

Official Resources

The resources below were published by various state and federal agencies and have been placed here as a resource to our employees, partners, and center families. Early Childhood Alliance takes no responsibility for the contents of the resources available below. Furthermore, the presence of these resources should not be considered as official statements or endorsements from Early Childhood Alliance. Everyone is responsible for their own choices and takes their own risks while consulting these resources.
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COVID-19 Guidance for Providers on School Closings

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Coronavirus Self-Monitor Infographic

Coronavirus Spread Infographic

School Guidance