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Industry-Leading Health and Safety Measures

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As always, we are putting safety first to protect our families and staff.  

We’ve partnered with an expert team of pediatricians who are helping us develop industry-leading child care guidelines. And, before getting the green light to reopen, the staff at every location has completed an additional health and safety training program specific to pandemic response. 

Stay home if you’re sick. If you or your child has felt unwell or displayed signs of COVID-19, we ask that all household members stay home until they’ve been symptom-free without medication for at least 24 hours (in some sites, 48-72 hours. Check with your site director for your location’s policy). Champions sites will be open to well individuals only. 

In our sites, you will notice the following protective measures in place:

Pick-up and Drop-off

  • Same person drop-off and pick-up: Families are asked to assign one family member for drop off and pick-up to minimize exposure to multiple people. We require all adults and children ages 5 and up to wear a mask to pick-up or drop-off at our program, regardless of vaccination status. We also recommend children ages 2-4 wear masks if possible, and some states might require masks for younger children. Please contact your location’s site director to learn the specific drop-off and pick-up protocols for your program.
  • Wellness checks: We monitor staff wellness throughout the day. All staff will be asked to take their own temperature each day upon arrival and must be fever-free before entering Champions. When parents arrive at check-in, we’ll ask them to attest to their child’s wellness. 
  • Health screenings: Parents and staff will answer some health screening questions at drop-off, and we will monitor staff members' and students' health throughout the day.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Masks for adults: We follow CDC guidance regarding masks. We ask that all adults wear masks inside our program, and at drop-off and pick-up. Staff who are fully vaccinated have the option to remove their mask outside on our playground while maintaining social distance.
  • Masks for kids: We ask that all children ages 3 and up wear a mask in our programs.

At Our Sites

  • Restricted classroom access. To minimize potential exposure, we ask that families not walk children into the site. Instead, please check in with staff, and they’ll escort your child to our program. Champions sites will be reserved for teachers and children only. 
  • Cleanliness. Toys, books, craft materials, and other high-touch surfaces will be routinely disinfected and rotated. We will pause the use of sensory tables, play dough, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are difficult to clean.
  • Sick space: Champions programs will have a dedicated space where teachers can care for sick children while being separated from others until a family member can come to pick them up.
  • Social distancing: We’ll continue to practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce risk. Please look for signage and floor markers at your site to maintain your distance at drop-off and pick-up.
  • Stable Group structure: To limit potential exposure, we’ve implemented a “Stable Group” structure where students are grouped in small numbers to stay separated from others. Unvaccinated staff will stay within their assigned Stable Group each day to minimize cross-contamination. Fully vaccinated teachers may support more than one Stable Group depending on the staffing situation at the site.
  • Site Staff Absence Protocol: To protect the integrity of our center’s Stable Group structure, and to make sure student and staff safety is prioritized, if a staff member cannot make it to Champions (due to illness or otherwise), we will attempt to bring in a substitute staff member from the same Stable Group or ask the site director to teach the class.
  • Class closures: As a last resort, we might need to close Champions if there are no appropriate staff members available to lead the group. We are working to recruit more part-time staff and substitutes for each Stable Group to avoid closures.
  • Meals and snacks: Students will eat together, but will not be serving themselves or sharing food.

Outdoor Fun

  • On the playground: Outdoor play structures will be utilized by one Stable Group at a time, with increased time between play to allow for thorough cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Field trips and events: There will be no site-wide events or trips, but classes may participate in either trips or events if there is no close contact with students from other Stable Groups or the public. In some sites, trips and events could be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Healthy Habits

  • Handwashing and sanitizing: Everyone who enters the Champions site will need to wash their hands, and we’ll continue to integrate 20-second handwashing into the curriculum. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the site.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes: We will continue to model and teach students how to safely cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows. We will help students remember to wash their hands after touching their face or covering their coughs and sneezes.
  • Travel: Please pay close attention to the CDC’s guidance around coronavirus protocols and travel to specific regions. If you travel to regions of concern, you will need to follow CDC guidance for quarantining yourself and your family before returning to KinderCare.
  • Testing and vaccinations: We’re requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for all unvaccinated staff starting October 18, 2021. We’re working with each of our unvaccinated teachers and staff members to make sure their weekly testing is performed accurately and thoroughly, and that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 remains out of the program until they’re back to full health.

Please reach out to your site director for specific protocols in your area or if you any questions about our health and safety measures. We’re all in this together!

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have further questions, please visit our FAQ page.