Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hello families,

Unfortunately; LCLA, especially our traditional center, has been greatly affected by Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

“Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a viral illness and can occurrence in any age, but most often in infants and children under 5.” I am attaching a document from Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health that describes this more in detail.

On a daily basis we sanitize all of our toys, wash our cot mats, sanitize our classrooms and vacuum. Our soft toys go through he washer a few times a week as well as all the daily sanitized toys by our disinfecting sprays get sent through our washer/sanitizer once a week.

Hand, foot and mouth spreads very quickly because at this age most toys are mouthed by the children. We are very careful about putting mouthed toys in a bucket to get cleaned throughout the day.

Before coming in for the day please look over your child and check for a fever. Most spots will be seen around the mouth, hands, feet and knees.

As soon as we notice any spots we are going to call you to have your child looked at by your doctor. To be able to return you child must be fever free, without the aid of medication, for 24 hours and all spots must be scabbed over.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to email me at littlechicksdirector@gmail.com or call me at 608-233-1610.

Thank you for your cooperation and understating.

Amanda Sattler
Director

Click to access p42051.pdf

New School Year & Transitions

Hello families,

We are officially almost two weeks into our new school year. There have been so many transitions for your families and the children handled it all so well. I am already seeing so many drop off without tears and many of our new friends getting use to their new classrooms.

The last few weeks a couple staff members have left for new adventures and we have gained some new and wonderful staff members. Ms Savannah has been a teacher at our non-traditional center and is now a lead teacher with Ms Tiffany in the Pine Classroom. In August we had Ms Kristina and Ms Kahli join us and trained lot with Ms Alyssa. Ms Kristina is the float between Birch and Redwood while Ms Kahli will be the float between Pine and Oak.

A reminder that if your family would like to receive childcare invoices that you will need to email to let me know your preference. I typically send invoices monthly, quarterly or annually.

The Oak Classroom and Maple Classroom have been enjoying this super fun clock. We may get them for the other classrooms so they can also have fun understanding time without numbers. Maple has been using the clock a lot for transitions. Instead of saying “in five minutes we will clean up” they say “when the big hand gets to the frog we will clean up.” The children have been loving it and are starting to memorize what happens at each animal.

Starting next week, Little Chicks will be piloting their nights and weekends program. Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. We are hoping to help families out with date nights, errands, homework and work schedules, or really whatever your families need. Below is a flyer for you to keep on your fridge or share with others.

Closing dates have been posted in your welcome letters and classes, but just in case here is another copy of the Fall 2021 Closing dates.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at littlechicksdirector@gmail.com

Amanda Sattler

ACH Forms – All Traditional Families

Good morning families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I am just sending a little reminder that I will need new ACH forms by this Friday, August 27th. Even if your information is not changing we always ask for new forms at the start of new school year. I attached the ACH form with the welcome letters that were sent our last week.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Amanda Sattler

Face Coverings

FACE COVERING EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED

“Effective on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12:01am, the Face Covering Emergency Order requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present. This requirement applies to all of Dane County.”

Read the news release: https://bit.ly/3yWp3cG
Read the full order: https://bit.ly/3yYviMU

Masks Outdoors

Hello families,
Twice a week I receive updates from the Public Health Specialist/COVID-19 School & Child Care Liaison. These updates include the number of cases, testing, hospitalizations, trends happening in Dane County, vaccination updates and often questions and answers.

With rising COVID cases, both for people vaccinated and not vaccinated, many teachers have been asking me if we need to be masked outside again. This is a tough answer as I understand how nice it is to be able to breathe without it outside. After a meeting with LCLAs owners yesterday and an update email from Public Health today we are going to ask that if teachers are within six feet of children that they wear their mask. This is also important for drop off and pick up outside. If the teachers and parents are within six feet of each other while talking and getting updates we ask that parents and teachers have their mask on. This is even more important for families that do pickup in our entry ways as well.

As always thank you for your patience as we navigate this together and we work hard to protect you and your children. See below for the Question & Answer from my Public Health update today.

Amanda Sattler

Question & Answer
Question: What is your recommendation for masking during outside periods? I told the group that our recommendation for masking applied to being indoors and that I was unaware of masking guidance when outdoors.

Answer: Masks are encouraged for people in crowded outdoor settings. This is going to have to be a cost-risk analysis for each child care center. We recognize the benefits of allowing children and staff to be unmasked throughout the day, but we also have to accept the inherent risk that comes with being unmasked. If possible, we would strongly encourage you to keep kids age 2+ spaced 6’ apart when masks are off, which includes outdoors.

Evening & Weekends Care

Good morning,

Little Chicks Learning Academy will be starting a nights and weekends program. This will work very similar to our reservation program, where families can text or email reservation times for the nights and weekends. Please see flyer below and email with any questions you may have.

Amanda Sattler

For LCLA families transitioning to new teachers, new centers and elementary school!

Dear Families,

As we approach the start of the new school year, we begin to approach a time of year that brings many new transitions for your children. Some children will be transitioning out of Little Chicks Learning Academy and into a new school setting. Some children will be moving classrooms and gaining new friends. We want to make sure that we, as a center, are doing our very best to support your child through all these transitions.

If your family is leaving LCLA we would love to provide some information on how to make the most successful transition to your new school setting. It is very important that you advocate for your child during this transition, being very clear with new teachers and staff about your child’s individual needs. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to make arrangements to visit your child’s new school setting, to meet the staff and to let your child see their new environment.

Most licensed child care settings in Wisconsin use the same forms we do at LCLA. If you need a copy of your child’s LCLA file, please let us know in advance. We’re happy to provide that to you. This is especially important if your child has a medical or developmental special need that requires individual accommodations. Local school districts usually have their registration take place via their website, but also may need extra documentation of the assessments done while your child was enrolled with us. Please request these in advance, as needed.

If you would like your child’s LCLA teacher to communicate directly with your child’s new classroom teacher about any specific health or developmental need, we are happy to do this as well. Please discuss this with your individual classroom teacher. A release form will be required. We will then begin an individualized transition checklist for your child to make sure that all information is transferred from one agency to another.

Within our classrooms we will be spending time talking to your children about their upcoming changes and transitions, as always. If there is anything else we can do to help support your individual child during this time, we would love to help you do that.

Thank you so much!

Amanda Sattler

Wisconsin DHS Health Alert #32: Increased circulation of Non-COVID-19 respiratory viruses among Children and Adults in Wisconsin

Hello everybody,

I wanted to share this health alert from Wisconsin DHS with you, because we are still being very vigilant with health and safety precautions when working with young children.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDHS/bulletins/2e5e339

Please be mindful of our daily health checks before bringing your child in for the day. We know the common colds and such are going to happen, but we still want to keep everybody in our care as safe as possible.

I hope you all have a very safe, healthy and fun holiday break.

Amanda Sattler

COVID & Mask Policies for the Summer

Hello families,

Alyssa and I were apart of a Planning for Child Care Summer Programming 2021 COVID Q&A Zoom Meeting yesterday that was put on by both Public Health and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Through the Q&A and current studies we found that it is important to stick with what we have been doing with just a few tweaks. Please read below the LCLA Summer 2021 COVID Policies so that the staff and families are all on the same page.

If you have any questions or concerns with the policies written below please feel free to email or call me.

I appreciate everyone’s part in keeping our staff, children and families safe.

Amanda Wilfert

LCLA Summer 2021 COVID Policies

Due to changes in city and state mandates, we wanted to update everyone on our COVID policies and expectations through summer. It is important to note that while many of us adults have or will be vaccinated, the population we care for has not. All policies are to protect our young children as best we can.

*Mask wearing will continue to be required for anyone over 5 years old while inside and for pick up and drop offs. We will be allowing masks to be removed by staff and children during outdoor play times, as long as, social distancing occurs.
*We will continue to do drop-offs and pick-ups at the outside classroom doors for the summer.
*We strongly encourage families to quarantine after traveling. While you may surround yourself with other vaccinated people, the children still do not have that protection and could potentially receive and spread COVID-19 to the other children. This will not be a requirement, but would be greatly appreciated if possible.

*We will no longer be taking temperatures at the door. However, we will still expect open communication between families and teachers. Please let us know how your child is feeling and if we should be monitoring for any symptoms. Our teachers will check temperatures when and if they deem it necessary. Children will be sent home for the following symptoms:
*Fever of 100.4 or above: Staff will take your child’s temperature at least twice before calling. Your child will need to stay home for a minimum of 24 hours. They may return when the child is fever free, without the aid of medication, for 24 hours.
*Vomiting: Children will be sent home and may return after 12 hours after last episode of vomiting.
*Diarrhea: Children will be sent home after two or more large stools that could not be contained in a snug fitting diaper within 24 hours. Potty trained children will be sent home if they have two or more large, watery stools in 8 hours, or one loose uncontrolled stool for which the child is unable to make it to the toilet. The child may return 24 hours after their last episode of diarrhea.

*Siblings will be able to come to school when other children in the family are unwell. Staff will monitor closely for any signs of illness.
*We will require anyone awaiting a COVID test to remain home until receiving a negative test.
*We will report any positive COVID cases to Public Health and follow their guidance when determining the need to quarantine or shut down classrooms. Regular tuition fees will continue to be due every Friday, even if we have to close a classroom or the center. If for any reason you need to cancel your contract we will follow the Voluntarily Contract Termination section