Letter to Families from Becky & Jessie

Hi Families!!!

A shout out to all of you who practiced social distancing last week to keep our most vulnerable community members safe. THANK YOU! To those families who have members who work in health care, research, or provide vital services within our community and reported to work during this unprecedented time, thank you too.

Our teachers at LCLA rocked week 1 of this! They moved right through all the changes we needed to make to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Week 2 has begun with more changes. They are adapting to those as well in a way that can only be done by a high functioning, hard-working, team.

As you know, Governor Evers has issued a “Safer At Home” order that will begin tomorrow. All businesses, outside of essential ones, will be closed for the foreseeable future. Little Chicks Learning Academy is exempt from the Governor’s order because we serve so many essential employees of both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

We are asked to ONLY provide care for essential employees at this time. At this time, our numbers have been so low that we are closing the center at 601 N. Whitney Way and keeping open 5003 University Ave. If numbers dictate we should re-open the other space, we will. We plan to accommodate as many children as possible while still maintaining strict infection control practices.

Many of you have questions about what happens to your tuition payments at this time. Larger centers are putting out firm policies on tuition withdrawals and what payments are due and what aren’t. We are so sorry to say, we can’t provide that firm answer for you.

No one could have predicted this pandemic. We certainly didn’t plan for this. When we opened LCLA we wanted it to be a small community, where every teacher knew every family. We never wanted to become a large, corporate center. That means we need to operate a little differently now, like a family. We need to take care of each other.

If you had UW funding, that is all being processed. If you find yourself unable to pay your co-pay for that funding, please reach out to the UW Office of Child Care and Family Resources. For those families still being paid, I am asking you to continue to pay your tuition so we can continue to guarantee your space within the centers. If your family has lost its income, please contact me at bketarkus@gmail.com. We can discuss pausing your contract. We can also discuss ending your contract. Please know that you will still need to provide notice per your contract, security deposits will be forfeited, and we can’t guarantee you a space in the future if we are fortunate enough to have the means to re-open.

We have not had to lay off any staff at this time. Becky is working on every avenue to continue having all our beloved teachers continue their employment so that all their benefits stay in place during this uncertain time. She wants to take care of them so that they can return to your children as soon as all of this becomes history. She has reached out to the UW for emergency funding. She is working with state officials to pair us with first responders who need care. She has an emergency loan to cover the loss of income during this time. We are exploring all options.

We ask you to contact us if you are struggling right now. If your income is secure and you are safe, we ask you to help us take care of our teachers.

Thank you for your understanding,

Becky and Jessie

Staying Open for Essential Workers

Hi everyone! We are working hard on keeping up to date with Governor Evers recommendations for child care centers during the ‘Safer At Home’ order that will begin tomorrow.

So far, we have been told “All child care programs serving health providers and essential workers are requested to stay open. You are providing a critical service in allowing essential workers to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

We serve essential workers, so we are planning to stay open.

For now we will only have our non-traditional location open. If you are normally at our traditional center and are an essential worker you would drop off at our non-traditional center.

If you can email me to let me know if you are an essential worker and plan to come to Little Chicks that would be great.

I know many if you have questions about who is essential, what will happen to your tuition payments if you’re non-essential, and what changes we’re making to group size and staffing.

We are working on all of that. We are in communication with DCF and WECA and we will update you as soon as we have definitive answers.

We are so grateful to your patience and compassion during this time. We have an amazing community and we are truly doing a beautiful job of taking care of each other!!

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure

We will be taking even more precautions going forward with drop off and pickups.

Please – RING THE DOORBELL and DO NOT ENTER the main hall way, stay in the vestibule.

A staff member will come to the door and begin our mandatory entrance/exitprocess.

Drop Off:
A staff member will:
~Take your child’s temperature using our hospital grade thermometers
~If your child’s temperature is above 100.4° F, they will not be able to attend day care until after a 24 hour period of being fever-free WITHOUT the use of medication.
~The staff member will take your child and their belongings with them to their classroom.

Pick Up:
~At the end of the day, RING THE DOOR BELL.
~We will bring your child to the door with their belongings.

Please understand that this is for the safety of our students, staff, and families.

We appreciate your cooperation in these uncertain times. Thank you.

LCLA Staying Open

Hello families. At this time we are still planning on staying open at Little Chicks Learning Academy. We want to be there for all of you that still need to be at work and especially for those in the health care settings. We ask that now more than ever you are being cautious when bringing in your children if anyone in your family has been sick. We are going to be asking everyday the following questions:

• In the past 24 hours has anyone in your household had a fever of 100.4 or more?
• Does your child currently have a persistent cough?
• Has your child taken any fever reducing medication in the past 24 hours?
• Has your child traveled on an airplane or out of the state in the past week?

Please let me or your teachers know if you do not plan on attending for any duration in the next few weeks.
Please email me at littlechicksdirector@gmail.com or call me if you have any questions.

Remaining Open at this Time

Dear Families,

As you are aware, the COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus has resulted in public health emergency in Wisconsin. As a result, we are reevaluating our policies and procedures to do everything we can to maintain the health and safety of the children and staff in our center. We understand everyone works in a different environment and encounters many people throughout the day. I also know that we don’t always know when we are sick, but still can be contagious. The most current recommendations to protect yourself and others are:

  1. Wash your hands often and well. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible.
  2. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Refrain from handshaking, turn lights on with elbows, try to open doors with paper towels or shoulders.
  5. Stay home if you are or become sick other than to seek medical attention.
  6. Wear a facemask if you are sick, this helps to lower the risk of spreading and illness.
  7. Clean and regularly disinfect high touch traffic areas. An affordable option is use household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
    a. 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    b. 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    c. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
    What we ask of you to support our program is:
  8. Stay home if you are sick or become exposed to the Coronavirus.
  9. Keep your child home if they are sick or become exposed.
  10. When entering the program immediately wash your hands and your child’s hands.

    We understand your child needs high quality care and you need to be able to attend school or work. In effort to stay open and keep everyone safe, we will increase our cleaning and sanitization procedures of our classrooms. We already practice handwashing, but we be diligent in helping your child wash thoroughly and frequently and sanitize toys and other play materials daily.

    Even if the school districts close we will remain open at this time. That being said, if a directive is given by the State of Wisconsin, The Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Health, or another governing agency, we will close as instructed up to and including the recommended length of time.
    Our current policies regarding tuition payments do remain in affect.

    While we understand this may be a hardship, it is essential to the financial stability of the program.
    We will continue to update you on any possible precautions or closings due to Covid-19 as additional information is disseminated. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or concerns, please let me know. We want to be as helpful as possible while still keeping children, other families and our staff safe. We all have to work together now more than ever to keep everyone safe.
    Thank you for your support and cooperation in these matters.

LCLA will Remain Open

We have heard about UW-Madison going to online classes for the rest of the Spring Semester starting on Monday, March 23rd. At this time we have no plans of closing at Little Chicks Learning Academy.

Jessie and Becky, owners of LCLA, are Nurses at American Family Children’s Hospital and wishing the Madison Metropolitan School District. They are staying up to date and following recommendations very closely.

Closing Early on Tuesday, April 14th

Hello! We will be closing at 4:30pm on Tuesday, April 14th for our staff meeting/continuing education opportunity. The event is a documentary and discussion called No Small Matter. Thank you for understanding.

Please join us for this “feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.”


2020-2021 Contracts

Happy Monday! Thank you to everyone that has turned in their re-enrollment surveys. If you have not please get them into your teachers by the end of the day or feel free to email me. Before sending out the official contracts I wanted to up date you on the rates for the new school year.

Birch – $445
Pine – $440
Redwood – $355
Oak – $350
Maple – $300