The Co-op is so excited to announce that we will be reopening our center on November 2nd. It feels like it has been so long since we have all connected and are thrilled to re-open our doors and to continue building those loving relationships.
We have been approved as an emergency center and are allowed to open while following strict health and safety guidelines. We have attached these guidelines and our reopening plan to this email. Please take a moment to review this document. We have developed our plan with one goal in mind – to safely provide care for you and your family.
We will start with a soft opening that will include reduced enrollment, a shortened daily schedule and less classrooms. This will allow us to maximize safety for all staff, children and families. Hours of operation for childcare will be 9:00 am-3:00 pm. This schedule will allow staff one hour at the beginning and end of the day for additional deep cleaning, sanitation, planning and parent communication.
The following classrooms will open on November 2nd:
- Wobbler classroom with 6 children and 2 lead staff
- Toddlers classroom with 8 children and 2 lead staff
- Preschool classroom with 10 children and 1 lead staff and 1 temporary lead staff
- Pre-K (no kindergarten at this time) classroom with 10 children and 2 lead staff
To register for full time or part-time care for November and December, please respond to this email as soon as possible, but no later than October 15th. Part time options include Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Tuesday and Thursday.
In the future, we plan to reopen infants and school age and increase class sizes. The second phase of opening will be based on the needs of the Co-op community and the state of the pandemic in Lane County.
In order to reduce contact with others in the center, we will create “stable groups” of staff and children. Each class will have the same group of children and staff throughout the week. To continue our practice of continuity of care all classrooms will have at least one continuing teacher within the team. In phase one, we will limit our contact with UO students by reducing our student staff to four student staff for the center.
To further support families that had intended to enroll at the Co-op for fall term, the following priority of enrollment will be used for this academic year:
- UO students currently enrolled at the Co-op
- UO students new to the Co-op living in Spencer View Family Housing.
- CEP students previously enrolled at the Co-op will be guaranteed enrollment without UO enrollment through this academic year. Nonstudent rate will be charged.
- All other UO students new to the Co-op.
- Returning UO faculty/staff families.
- Returning community families.
- New UO faculty/staff families; and,
- New community families.
For UO student families, please remember there is an opportunity to apply for the ASUO Child Care Subsidy program. Applications can be found out: https://asuo.uoregon.edu/benefits
Once enrollment has been confirmed, we will follow up with your family with needed enrollment forms, classroom zoom meetings, and videos of safety protocols.
We welcome your questions and are looking forward to connecting. Please reach out to us at 541-346-7400 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also follow us on Facebook for updates and messages from our staff.
Your Interim Co-Directors,
Tami and Rachel