To Our Valued Families:
First and foremost, our thoughts are with those who have been most directly affected by the global COVID-19 outbreak. We express our most heartfelt sympathies to those whose loved ones have succumbed to COVID-19. As well, we would like to extend our sincerest wishes for those whose family members have contracted and are coping with COVID-19—we wish a full and speedy recovery for anyone affected.
At TLC Learning Center our mission is “To provide the highest learning environment for every child in our cafe” and through this difficult time we at TLC will try to fulfill this mission. To that end, we are taking actions to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect our employees, customers, visitors and communities. We are actively monitoring official guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local health departments throughout the America and we have taken a number of measures consistent with proven actions aimed at helping “Flatten the Curve.”
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection, the good news is TLC Learning Center has already been taking many important steps to prevent the spread of infection based on their day-to-day activities.
The CDC has advised childcare providers to:
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees. You already know the importance of children and program staff washing their hands on a day-to-day basis. Keep this up! using soap and water to wash for at least 20 seconds is best.
- TLC will encourage sick employees to stay home. We know it may be difficult to find substitute caregivers in a program, but it’s important to make sure that employees with symptoms are staying home and not coming to work and making others sick.
- Environmental cleaning. This is second nature to TLC staff and done regularly. Making sure we are cleaning frequently touched surfaces is key! TLC uses bleach solution on all surfaces daily.
- We did implement enhanced sanitization of our centers and have actively promoted good hygiene habits amongst our employees. We’ve implemented proven social distancing techniques including closing the centers to families, elimination of large meetings, trainings, conferences and gatherings; increased the use of web-based trainings. If a staff member becomes ill, when we return we have asked them to stay home and recover and are supporting them in their efforts to do so. As a precaution we have also asked staff to self-isolate for a period of time after returning from travel from COVID-19 heavily-impacted areas and we have also asked visitors to kindly avoid coming to TLC if they are ill or have traveled to COVID-19 heavily-impacted areas.
We will continue to actively monitor this evolving situation, stay in contact with our local agencies, and make adjustments where necessary so that we can return to living our mission “to provide the highest learning environment for every child in our care.”
Published: April 15, 2020
I began teaching in the Chicago Public Schools system in 1973. I taught Kindergarten through third grade for five years and Special Education for two years. I realized the value of reaching children early when I began teaching special education.