The COVID-19 crisis may make you wonder if it is safe to send your child to our child care program. We want to provide the following information on the enhanced health and safety measures we are implementing to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are following all of the guidelines set forth on May 29, 2020 by the NJ Department of Children and Families in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control. Our Preschool opened successfully on June 15th and our afterschool programs will begin supporting families on the first day of school.
Afterschool reopening began with supporting the district's 100% virtual program. Coordinating what families will need to support the choices offered by our school district is what we do best. Keeping in mind GCDC's Core Values of Relationships, Fun, Trust and Excellence, we are planning for a program that offers support for your students!
What are the fees?
Fees differ by program with hybrid expected to begin Monday November 16
Rodgers RASKEL program and Bullock GAPA program:
Hybrid Cohort A (attends school Mondays/Tuesdays ) or Hybrid Cohort B (attends school Thursdays/Fridays) your child may attend from 12:00 dismissal through 5:00pm at a cost of $20 per day. If you need your child to attend our full day virtual support program on on the days they are NOT in person at school, there is an additional cost. Full day (7:15-5:00) is $40/day and half day (12:00-5:00) is $20/day.
There is a $50 registration fee for each student which covers the cost of some materials and student accident insurance.
If you need assistance paying for the program, NJ offers special school age child care subsidies and you may apply if your household income is below $150,000 here:
Please click on our JURASSIC Program tab for more information about our free afterschool program at Bowe School.
What are the hours of the school age programs?
Rodgers RASKEL and Bullock GAPA programs are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:15am to 5:00pm
Bowe JURASSIC program is open from 7:45am-5:00pm
What safety precautions are being put in place?
We must adhere to the Department of Children and Families Health and Safety Guidelines for Child Care Centers available here: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/Final.CC.Health.and.Safety.Standards.pdf
and in Spanish here: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/Final.CC.Health.and.Safety.Standards-spa.pdf
All of the procedures for exposure and positive testing are included in this document. These are minimal standards and some of our procedures may exceed this guidance. Students will be assigned to groups of no more than 10, that we will refer to as pods. Pods will not co-mingle or share materials unless the materials can be sanitized. We are happy to let you know that GCDC will provide a clear shoe box and individual school supplies for EVERY student in our afterschool program so that none of these materials are shared and can stay right in our program. If a child becomes ill, each school will have an isolation room that our program will also use afterschool.
What about masks?
Our agency requires that all staff and school age students wear a face covering while in our program, inside and outside, except when eating, unless, as guidelines indicate, this would not be possible due to health reasons or special accommodation requirements. If a child or staff cannot wear a mask, we must adhere to strict social distancing. We are being thoughtful and intentional about face coverings for staff that allow students to see our expressions as much as possible so that kids have extra help building relationships and emotional safety. Your child will need a mask or face covering for school, so they can use the same mask in our program. If something happens to your child’s mask, we have children’s disposable masks on site.
What about social distancing? How do you keep kids 6 feet apart in childcare?
We will implement social distancing to the extent possible. We will guide students to keep 6 feet apart. In our guidance for childcare, we will create pods of students who will stay in the same groupings and will not co-mingle with other groups. Just as we do in our early childhood center, where not many children can successfully or due to age/health reasons wear a mask, we will make every effort to social distance them, but it is not a 100% guarantee. Once the pod is established, like people living in a household, they will only spend time with that group. Our activities will intentionally require more spacing between students. We will also go OUTSIDE as much as possible. We have begun outdoor learning with our preschoolers and have been very successful. Developmentally, children (even adults) cannot stay at one desk all day. We are focusing on safety, health, learning and also meeting social emotional needs for relationship building and trust. We want parents to be aware that students will not be in cubicles all day in childcare, but we will also not allow close proximity.
What is the screening process at drop off? What does drop off and pick up look like?
On days your student has virtual learning and is with us all day, students (AND Staff working with students in our programs) are checked for fever with a no- contact thermometer (no one with a temperature over 100 degrees F will be admitted) and parents are asked screening questions regarding symptoms each day. We are required to keep this data daily and report it to the Office of Child Care Licensing. Parents will park and walk their child to the door for the screening. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building at drop off or pick up.
After screening, students will be sent or escorted (depending on location and child’s age) to wash their hands and go to their pod. Pick up in the afternoons will be from 3:00-5:00pm as we must have a dedicated staff member at the door to greet parents. When you arrive we will send for your child, have them wash their hands and bring them to you at the door.
How many students can enroll? Where will the program be located inside each school?
We have secured space for now in Bullock (For grades PreK4 to 3rd) and Bowe (for grades 4-6) elementary schools that include the cafeterias and and some classrooms, as the schools are not using them. This may be altered once hybrid learning begins, due to social distancing and congregate seating. The large spaces however can be transitioned into smaller “pods” of 10 students and 1 or 2 Group Leaders per pod that will remain consistent each week. The pods will be positioned in the four corners of each large room to enable a total of 40 students. We anticipate placing one pod per classroom, unless the classroom is extra large and can be divided with a barrier to form 2 pods. Pods, as per Office of Child Care Licensing, can have no more than 10 students. It is expected that Bullock will start with 60 students and Bowe with between 60 or more students.
Who are the staff, what are their qualifications, and what activities and supports are you offering?
Our staff are youth development workers who are completing or have completed their education, as well as community members. GCDC maintains low staff turnover annually but because of our growth this year, you may see both familiar and new faces. Our site directors manage the program and Group Leaders and Assistants will work directly with your children. We will provide a blend of academic support (i.e. assistance during and after virtual learning) so it minimizes parents’ time once you get home. We have trained our staff in STEM activities, mindfulness and social emotional learning activities, and offer opportunities for physical activities, art and other youth activities. GCDC has been providing school age programs in the Glassboro School District since 1986. Think of this current offering as part study hall (academic support), part summer camp (enrichment), part child care (nutrition and health and safety), and part afterschool (youth development activities)
Can we vary days based on work schedules for parents? I only need childcare 2 days a week, because my mother can watch my kids the other 3 days.
We are able to accommodate part time care at this time. See descriptions under "Fees" above.
With the current travel advisory, listing “hot spot” states, what if my child goes to a state where the Governor’s Executive order states we have to self-quarantine? What if we go on vacation? What if I go on vacation to a state on the list and my child does not? What about weekend trips? Do I have to pay if my child is out because they now must self-isolate?
Glassboro Child Development Centers has adopted the statement for staff and students in which we expect they will not travel for non-essential business. If staff or students do travel for non-essential business, despite this policy, they will need to notify GCDC immediately and self-isolate for a period of 14 days Our fee policy, which will remain in effect, states that all families may use 2 vacation weeks per year. Families may use this 2-week vacation credit for non-essential travel self-isolation, but that is all we are able to permit in our budget. Families cannot receive an additional payment credit for this vacation time or subsequent self-isolation as they are securing a childcare slot for the school year.
However, if a child or parent must self-quarantine due to close contact of a positive COVID case, or becomes sick with COVID or other documented illness, our agency will work with the family to credit child care fees as the quarantine is mandated and for health reasons.
Can I use my childcare subsidy? Do I have to swipe or call in and out? How will I do that if I cannot come into the building?
Yes! and you should apply for a subsidy even if you normally would not be eligible here:
Right now, parents are not “swiping” or “calling”. We are hoping we will be able to complete attendance online or on paper. We will keep you updated on this.
How will my child do his/her virtual work?
Your child will need to bring his/her chromebook each day and our staff will receive a user name and password for each grade level for Seesaw or Schoology so that we have what we need to monitor each child's work. We will need to know each child's scheduled/synchronous learning for mornings and afternoons so that no one is left out. We must have this information as soon as you receive it. We have purchased laminated study carrels to give addtional privacy and safety as kids are sitting to do their work. YOUR CHILD WILL NEED TO BRING A SET OF EAR BUDS EACH DAY. We are working to get some donated to use as back up. We are providing a shoe box of individual supplies for each child with pencils, markers, colored pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, glue stick to limit sharing. These shoe boxes will remain at our program each day.
How will meals be handled?
Your child will receive breakfast and lunch each day from the school and will eat with our childcare pod. Masks will be removed during meals. A nutritious snack will be provided by GCDC at 3:00pm each day at no additional cost.
GCDC does not typically permit any outside food to be brought into its programs but your child MAY pack a lunch if you do not want to eat the school provided lunch.