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April Newsletter COVID-19

Dawning Point Learning Center in Stafford off Garrisonville Road as well as in Fredericksburg off Warrenton Road remains open for children of “Essential Personnel”.

There are various precautions we have put in place to ensure the health and safety of the staff and the children we continue to provide care for.

Current COVID-19 Guidelines include:
Group sizes will remain under 10.

Parent drop offs and pick-ups will be handled at the door.

Students are directed to handwashing immediately at drop off.

Students will be visually health inspected and temporal temperatures taken at the door.

Any symptoms of illness related to the coronavirus will be warrant for parent pickup

All surfaces will be sanitized at every meal/snack. Both classroom & meal staff initial off.

Handwashing should occur before AND after every meal/snack as well as throughout the day.

All the usual health & sanitation procedures will stay in place.

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Contact Us Anytime!

Call or Email!

Stafford Center: 540-659-9227

Fredericksburg Center: 540-371-6510

Erin Lacey, Owner: dawningpointowner@gmail.com

Arianne Fortune, Owner: dp.schoolacctsmanager@gmail.com

Betsy Guanciale, Director: directordpstafford@gmail.com

Tionna Quinn, Director: directordpfred@gmail.com

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Some Suggestions for our kiddos at home…

We are trusting and believing that “Stay At Home” orders will obviously- one day, be lifted. Hopefully sooner than later. That being said, many of you will be returning to a normal work schedule. We can not wait to get our babies back! Some things you, as parents can do to assist in that transition please try to remember a few things:

-Your child(ren) are accustomed to a routine. Please build a routine at home. Think about wake-up times and bedtimes as well as a midday rest time similar to what they are used to at Dawning Point.

-Dawning Point participates with the USDA program. You child(ren) are very much used to healthy well-rounded meals.

-We do not expect that you are able to do a whole lot of “teaching” your child(ren) at home but please remember there is great value in reading to your child daily.

-Any type of structure that can be provided will be helpful. One set of toys or activities at a time, set timeframes and areas in which they use these toys or items, as well as guidelines for them are a great idea. Free play all day every day will make for a very difficult transition from home back to preschool.

-Limit the amount of time that your child is in front of a screen. Remember Dawning Point does not excessively use TVs, tablets or computers. While, it is unrealistic for your child(ren) to be home while you are working without any interaction with technology- please limit screen time.

If you happened to pick up your child’s curriculum workbooks or plan to and would like to know specifically how to use them- please email Ms. Lacey at dawningpointowner@gmail.com . Likewise, if you would like some specific suggestions for your kiddos at home-especially those moving on to Kindergarten-she is happy to help!

Teaching Themes

Mother’s Day

Students discuss and explore the importance of mothers as well as take time out to make fun expressions of their love for Mommy!  All week students will work on special surprises for their mothers.  Family pictures will assist in identifying important members of their families.

Ocean Life

Students learn about the plants and animals found in the ocean.  Teachers select a few primary animals to learn about the major parts and needs of, including fish we see in our area.  Students will learn about other living things in the ocean, including plant life.  Teachers will facilitate experiences with real life pictures and sensory materials.

Life Processes

Students are subjected to the process of change.  Students will connect baby animals to their adult forms and actual babies to children and grown-ups.  Children will review the idea that plants grow from a seed.  Students will also learn that living things need air, food, and water in order to grow.

Physical Properties and Sensory Descriptors

The student will investigate and learn that the physical properties of an object can be described in words.  Students will take an in-depth look at the colors, shapes and forms, textures, and relative sizes and weights of objects.  Students will use these words in sentences, dictations, and writings.  Students will familiarize themselves with these concepts through comparison and contrasting traits.

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Monday, May 25th Memorial Day Both Dawning Point locations are closed

Saturday, June 6th Preschool Graduation is sadly cancelled!

Tuition Options During COVID-19

As a management team, we have been asked to hold student spots. Many new families are inquiring and many current families want a guarantee that there will be immediate care available when the various “shelter in place” orders are lifted and parents are required to go back to work. After careful review of what others in the industry are doing, what we need as a small business along with what we feel is fair, we have come up with some different options.

Parents may choose to do ANY of the following:

  1. Give a two-week’s notice that your child will be withdrawing. If your child returns within 4 weeks of the dis-enrollment date- they will not be charged a re-registration fee. The ability to return to care will be on the basis of space and staff availability.  While space should not be a problem-it will be first come, first serve.  If this 2-week contract is breached, we cannot guarantee a spot and re-enrollment for your child back into our program.
  2. Continue to remit half your normal weekly tuition while your child is absent. These families may return at anytime without question. We just ask that you inform us as soon as possible so that we can staff accordingly.  There will be no registration fees, no question of space or staffing- as their “spot” is being held for the duration of the shelter in place orders. Upon their return, normal tuition rates will resume.
  3. Remit normal tuition with the gift of one additional full vacation week, with the ability to use later this year and also a freeze on any tuition increases for the next 2020-2021 academic school year. These families may return at any time without question. There will be no registration fees, no question of space or staffing- as their “spot” is being held for the duration of the shelter in place orders.

Please email dp.schoolacctsmanager@gmail.com to elect an option or ask any additional questions.

Please remember we are a small independently-owned business with no corporate financial covering. We diligently strive to provide love and care for your children every day along with a safe environment. We are now trying to be able to weather this difficult period and appreciate your cooperation and support while doing so. Thank you so much!

Note to SCHOOL-AGE PARENTS with students in attendance: Dawning Point is willing to partner with you in getting some “home instruction” done while he/she attends. Our teachers are not elementary school teachers but can certainly facilitate and supervise. Please inquire with your school-age teacher and we will work on a plan to provide some time for your child to focus on skill practice & reading to ensure he/she has academic time.

 

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To all current and prospective families: For more specific information regarding COVID-19 please reference the April newsletter, use the “Contact Us” tab, or email us at dawningpointowner@gmail.com or dp.schoolaactsmanager@gmail.com and specify the center location you are inquiring about. We hope that everyone stays healthy during this time!