BCC’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Helping our families stay safe and healthy
Dear BCC families and partners:
Safety is a core value at Board of Child Care (BCC) and I want to take a moment to share what we are doing as an organization in regards to the Coronavirus/ COVID 19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates the number of cases to grow in the United States and is providing guidance related to prevention and treatment.
We are fortunate to have a medical director, nurse practitioner, and several registered nurses on staff. Together with the senior leadership team we are all closely monitoring announcements and guidance from the CDC and are in frequent communication with our state and federal program partners as well.
The health and safety of our clients, our community partners, and our staff is our top priority. In an abundance of caution, we may take preventative measures by temporarily modifying select program operations, visitation policies, etc. Those updates will be communicated here as well as directly to the program participants and other stakeholders.
Please reach out to your local BCC program leadership with specific questions or concerns surrounding BCC services in your area. Their contact information can be found here. You may also send questions and concerns directly to the Chief Operating Officer via our website: boardofchildcare.org/contact-us/.
Visitor Policy Updates
Effective 5:00pm on Thursday, April 2nd, all BCC locations will be closed to visitors and non-essential vendors.
In keeping with the Board of Child Care Core Value of “Safety as a Mindset”, the BCC Auxiliary has decided to suspend all activities, projects, and events until further notice.
This includes Easter Basket Packing, Auxiliary Annual Meeting, and In-Kind Donation drop-offs. Please watch your email and this page for any updates.
Any other questions or concerns should be addressed to Sue Everhart, Auxiliary President by phone at 301-514-8730 or email@example.com
Early Learning Program – Closed until further notice
In an abundance of caution in protecting our children and families, the Early Learning program in Washington, D.C. will be closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) until further notice.
Unfortunately home visits have been suspended until further notice. Video visits are available for all residential programs. Please contact your program directly for details.
Individual Treatment and Education Plan Meetings
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all ITP and IEP meetings will take place via conference call until further notice. Your assigned BCC therapist will be in contact with you directly with more information.
Hiring and Interview Policy Updates
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all job interviews will take place via video teleconference. Please contact the BCC recruiter or hiring manager you are working with for more information.
Precautions You Can Take
As a preventative measure, we wanted to share the following with our families that are recommendations:
- Consider flu vaccinations per the recommendation by the CDC.
- For adults: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands.
- For children: Let’s continue to empower kids—at home—by reinforcing daily, multiple “hand washing moments.” Please make sure kids wash their hands before eating, coming back indoors and when they come in contact with their bodily fluids (sneeze, wipe nose, etc). You can also encourage your kids to use the imaginary cape routine: Raise an imaginary cape over your face and cough into the elbow area, instead of your hand or just straight into the air.
Additional resources for more information on the coronavirus (each of the state-specific pages has a COVID-19 hotline phone number specific to that state):
- Centers for Disease Control
- District of Columbia Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources
We will continue to keep you updated based on news by state and local public health officials. Please stay safe and healthy.
Laurie Anne Spagnola
President & CEO