Elementary schools across the state are open for class, in some form or another. Parents are returning to the workforce, though many are restrained by the ongoing worry about childcare in these challenging times. Childcare centers like Dreamland Learning Center on Hartford Avenue are open for business and working hard to assure parents that they have implemented every possible safety precaution. Working parents are forced to fulfill their professional commitments while weighing the necessity of returning to work against their concern for the health and well-being of their loved ones. These are times like none of us have seen before. But there is hope.
It is times like these that the residents of Johnston and its surrounding neighborhoods can depend on the steadfastness and due-diligence of Dreamland Learning Center, a centrally-located child care center that is accepting new children and upholding all the standards of safety and hygiene mandated by the CDC.
Dreamland Learning Center is part of a network of childcare centers which reopened its doors this past summer 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 where a quick and easy temperature is taken to verify that no child has a fever. Parents are met by staffmembers Nicole and Tiara who are friendly, cheerful, and welcoming. 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. 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, even in these snowy wintery days. Each room is filled with developmentally appropriate toys and equipment, and each day is filled with fun, seasonally-themed activities, crafts, and play. The overall feeling here is one of childhood wonder and learning!
One phenomenon of this unusual time in our history is the practice of “distance learning.” For those students who are in hybrid school settings, Dreamland Learning Center provides a safe, comfortable, and accommodating space for students to do their work. Students bring their laptops and can study independently in a room where stable, compatible groups can work quietly and efficiently.
Dreamland Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for children ages 6 weeks through age 12. After school programs are up and running. The Center is located at 1253 Hartford Avenue. For more information, to discuss your questions or concerns, 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).