In a recent report by ABC News, the headline looked grim: “Coronavirus is pushing the nation’s childcare industry to the brink of collapse.” The rest of the article had a similar tone, for millions of working parents, the pending closure of childcare centers is a serious concern and a growing problem. Childcare centers play a vital role in the reopening of the economy, without which these parents will be unable to return to their jobs, fuel the economy and have the knowledge that their children are in a safe and nurturing environment in their absence.
In the middle of this growing crisis, residents of Johnston and its surrounding neighborhoods are grateful for the steadfastness and dependability of one longstanding child care center that is OPEN for business, accepting new children and upholding all the standards of safety and hygiene mandated by the CDC. This is the Dreamland Learning Center on Hartford Avenue.
Dreamland Learning Center is part of a necessary network of child care centers which reopened its doors with a whole new set of protocols ~ guidelines which will make parents and caregivers happy, and, with all the usual schedules, programming and FUN it has always been known for, will make the children happy too.
A few of the safety measures that have been put in place begin at the front door. Parents who are dropping off must fill out a questionnaire for themselves and their child. If either of them has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, or if they themselves are showing symptoms of any illness, they will not be allowed in. A quick and easy temperature is taken to verify that no child has a fever.
Parents are met at the front door by Nicole and Tiara who are friendly, cheerful, and efficient. They are the only people who can go between the secure lobby door and the classrooms, besides scheduled teachers. Beyond this constantly-sanitized space, all teachers and caregivers wear masks (the children are not required to wear face coverings). The staff in the infant/toddler section also wear individual smocks for each child they change. Everything is done to keep the environment clean, germ-free, and safe.
Meanwhile, the fun, learning and socialization continue inside, all while maintaining as much “distancing” as is possible with young children. The center has a huge outdoor play yard which is a perfect place for the children to run off all their pent-up energy. Each room is filled with developmentally appropriate toys and equipment which are also regularly sanitized. Each day is filled with fun, summer-themed activities, crafts, and play.
Dreamland Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for children ages 6 weeks through age 12. It is located at 1253 Hartford Avenue. For more information, call 401-280-1400 or visit their website at www.dreamlandlearningcenter.com.
Be sure to check out the other Dreamland Learning Centers in West Warwick (401-828-8200) and Pawtucket (401-655-1000).