COVID-19 UPDATE

March 27, 2020

Dear Families, 

We hope that you are well and adjusting to our current temporary situation and taking care of yourselves.  We miss seeing everyone, we get our energy and joy from seeing the children every day.  We will get through this together!  We have a lot of resources on our FB page as well as our website to support you.

It is a good time to practice compassion to yourself and others, gratefulness, exercise, and mindfulness.  All these things will assist us in taking care of ourselves and our children.  Remember that we can still have fun at home and being outside playing while practicing social distancing.

  • Remember, we will NOTbe charging families until we are able to begin operations.  
  • Our 2020-2021 School Year/ 2020 Summer Camp enrollment form can be accessed on our FB  or you can click here to download it. If you are in a position to fill out and return it, please email it to: colleenbct1@gmail.com

We continue to offer our thoughts for the safety and health of our children, your families, and our teachers during these uncertain and unsettled times.

BCT Management

 


 

March 23, 2020

LOUISIANA OPENS CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO CRITICAL PERSONNEL AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Program Allows Eligible Families to Access Subsidized Care for Children Age 12 and Under

BATON ROUGE, La. — In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) today opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support essential critical infrastructure personnel. By simply completing an application, these families can access subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in the program, or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers. 

The Governor’s emergency proclamation to close all school facilities to students through at least April 13, 2020, did not include childcare and early learning centers. Early learning centers make individual decisions about whether to close their businesses. However, updated directives from the Governor’s Office and health officials have advised limiting group sizes to 10 or fewer children and adults.

“If you can keep your children at home, please do so,” said Acting State Superintendent Beth Scioneaux, echoing guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health. “But we must ensure affordable access to childcare for those who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response effort. Opening CCAP to critical personnel is necessary and important as we fight the spread of COVID-19.”

Effective today, families of essential critical infrastructure workers are eligible for CCAP, and their applications will be expedited. Essential critical infrastructure workers belong to the following industries:

HealthCare/Public Health
Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders
Food and Agriculture
Energy (electrical industry, petroleum, natural and propane gas workers) Waste and Wastewater
Transportation and Logistics
Public  Works
Communications and Information Technology
Other Community-Based Government
Critical Manufacturing
Hazardous Materials

Interested families must complete the CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application. Upon approval, initial certification will be valid for 30 days. If the public health crisis continues beyond 30 days, the LDOE will reassess applications.

Access the CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application. 
View subsidy rates.
Louisiana Department of Education Website >>> 
Contact the Louisiana Department of Education >>>

 


 

March 20, 2020

Dear Families, 

We are hoping everyone is doing well despite these unsettling times.  We deeply missed our kiddos and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the near future!

  • As a reminder, we will NOTbe charging families until we are able to begin operations.  
  • Any parent who may be working because they are emergency personnel and need childcare can contact Agenda For Children:

General Questions: info@agendaforchildren.org

Agenda for Children’s COVID-19 Email: covid19@agendaforchildren.org

New Orleans Office: (504) 586-8509

  • In a society used to schedules, numerous sports and activities, we often search for time to be together. With our busy lives stopped in their tracks these next few weeks, we are experiencing a lot of time to be together. This new togetherness will require new habits, structure, and maybe skills. It is normal to be unsettled or overwhelmed with uncharted territory. Know this is normal for you and your child. If you need some help explaining how to talk to your child about the COVID-19 outbreak,our Mental Health Consultant, Kendyl Tipton is offering assistance for our families and teachers.  If you would like her to reach out, please contact Colleen or Paula via email and we would be happy to connect you.
  • We’d love for you to share your pictures of you and your kiddos on our FB page.
  • Clancy Dubois posted a beautiful article that speaks to resilience and says: “Today, as we confront COVID-19, plenty of folks who aren’t getting sick are still suffering. Many are out of work, while others, especially health care workers, are pushed beyond human limits.  So let’s remember the most important lesson of Katrina by doing all we can for one another — friends, family and strangers alike. That’s what instills the priceless gift of hope.  And that, ultimately, is how we all survive.”

We continue to offer our thoughts for the safety and health of our children, your families, and our teachers during these uncertain and unsettled times.

BCT Management


 

March 14, 2020

Dear Families, 

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Beary Cherry Tree will adhere to the guidance from both the regional Office of Public Health as well as Governor Edwards and close our center beginning Monday, March 16th.  We will communicate a reopening date as soon as our regional officials inform us it is safe to do so.  The safety of our children, families and teachers is our priority.  We understand this is an inconvenience for everyone involved but will continue to prioritize the safety of our school community.

All tuition paid will be allocated for the week we return.  We will post links to various resources on our website proving guidance on preparedness, how to talk with your children about coronavirus and even suggestions on what to do with your children while at home.

Due to the fluid nature of these events, please continue to monitor our website with updates.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school community healthy and safe.  Take care of yourself and take care of the people around you.  All of us at BCT are here to help.

BCT Management

Fore More Information and up to date news please visit the following link

https://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/covid-19


 

COVID-19 Resources For Parents