How Day Cares Are Navigating Social Distancing Guidelines | St. Louis Public Radio

How Day Cares Are Navigating Social Distancing Guidelines

May 20, 2020

In the coming weeks, some day care facilities are set to reopen their doors after a hiatus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, but they can still pass the virus on to others who are high risk. Child care providers are setting reentry guidelines to limit exposure and transmission from parents and teachers.

While playtime might not be affected, day care centers will operate a bit differently: Parents will sign in virtually when dropping off their child outside the building, some kids will have to bring in an extra pair of shoes to switch when entering the building, and fewer kids will be admitted to programs. 

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske explored how some centers will navigate the ever-so-changing guidelines. Joining the conversation was Shona Lamond, executive director of Downtown Children’s Center. The day care closed in mid-March, and is set to reopen June 1.

Joining the discussion was Adrienne Pennington, director of A Child's Heart Learning Center. Her facility has remained open to provide care for children of health care and essential workers. 

Listen to the full discussion: 

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Joshua Phelps. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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