Considerations for Reopening Series

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Webinar Series for Early Childhood Program Leaders

Many of New York’s early childhood programs have had to close or transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the unprecedented challenges providers are facing as they consider reopening, QUALITYstarsNY developed a multi-part webinar series to support programs with planning and provide resources and information to help programs safely welcome back children and families.

Webinar Recordings

Part 1: CDC Guidelines to Inform Reopening

Recorded June 29, 2020

Explores a range of aspects of program operations that should be considered when planning to reopen, and reviews guidance from the CDC and New York State for child care during COVID-19.

Part 2: Policies & Procedures

Recorded June 27, 2020

Examines policies and procedures that programs should review and consider amending when planning to reopen.

Part 3: Transitioning to the New Normal

Recorded on June 29, 2020

Plans for transitions back to the program, including how to support the social-emotional needs of staff, children, and families.

Part 4: Supporting High Quality Learning Environments during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded live on October 6, 2020

Demonstrates how to create developmentally appropriate learning environments that work for both teachers and children while still adhering to necessary health and safety requirements during COVID-19.

Q & A: Sharing Lessons Learned During Reopening

Recorded live on September 29, 2020

Offers a guided discussion to address common areas of concerns and questions from our participating programs related to reopening.

Resource Toolkits

QUALITYstarsNY developed resource toolkits to accompany each session in the Considerations for Reopening series. The Toolkits provide a collection of resources and sample materials developed by QUALITYstarsNY and various government agencies and early childhood organizations to support child care programs with reopening during COVID-19.

Part 1 Toolkit
Part 2 Toolkit
Part 3 Toolkit

Features guidance and resources related to planning, health and safety from the CDC and Caring for our Children, as well as health screening templates.

Includes sample materials and templates to help programs create new policies and procedures related to COVID-19 or amend existing policy documents for parents and staff.

Provides resources to support children and staff transitions back to the program and address their social-emotional needs, as well as a sample “Welcome Back” packet for families.

Part 4 Toolkit
Q&A Toolkit

Offers resources and tip sheets on creating high quality learning environments during COVID-19 and includes a collection of example photos from QUALITYstarsNY participants

Shares information and ideas to address common questions and areas of concern for programs during reopening.