Childcare Reopening Checklist Walkthrough [Webinar]

Reopening after quarantine can be overwhelming. In this webinar, we host Missy Knechel, early education adjunct professor and Director of Victory Early Learning Academy, to walk through her reopening plan. This content-focused session covers everything you need to get ready to have kids at your center again!

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Key Takeaways from the Q&A with Missy Knechel

Missy’s tips:

  1. Get organized – Figuring out what is a guideline and what is a requirement is a good way to prioritize your planning. Understand your non-negotiables (licensing requirements like ratios) and gather input from your teachers on things that you can make decisions on as a team!
  2. Connect with your community – Join local parent and ECE groups on Facebook to get a sense of what people are concerned about when sending their children back to childcare and how other providers are getting creative. Survey your parents too. This information will be helpfull to inform your policies and procedures when reopening.
  3. Drop-off & pick up – Missy has created a strict drop-off and pickup schedule for the families sending their kids back to childcare. Following a schedule avoids bottlenecks and helps everyone social distance safely.
  4. Classrooms as families – At Missy’s center, children wear masks only in the common areas and transitions from one space to another. When a group of children are in their classroom, they can take their masks off like they are in a “family” space. Her teacher stores the masks in a plastic accordion file to keep things organized!

Missy is a professor in the early childhood department at Eastern University and director of Victory Early Learning Academy, a childcare center that she started ten years ago. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten and second grade for a total of 10 years. She has been married to her best friend, Jason, for 15 years, and together they have four beautiful children ages 5, 7, 9 and 11 in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.

In her spare time, Missy loves to bake, read historical fiction, sing karaoke and travel to Central America on short term missions.

Superstar comments from our audience

Helen Mead
You’re still a good teacher even if you’re scared of going back to work and choose to stay home to stay safe

Kacie Chesnick
we had weekly zoom meetings, and we also did newsletters once a week, and posted on our facebook page to stay in touch with families

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Carmen Choi

Carmen is the Marketing Coordinator and Preschool Podcast Manager on the HiMama team. She's been working with childcare business owners and consultants for 3 years. She is passionate making connections that empower the ECE Community through knowledge-sharing to support better outcomes for children, their families, and society!

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