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Kiddie Academy of Millersville is OPEN for Essential Workers and enrolling now for when operations resume.

May 6, 2020

What is Kiddie Academy of Millersville doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

While the state of Maryland remains under a State of Emergency, staying home and social distancing has been a critical path to flattening the curve and getting through these difficult times safely.

We’ve learned that many families in our community are deemed Essential Workers in need of care for their children. Some have temporary arrangements coming to an end, changing circumstances, or may be looking for new, quality care and education.

For this reason, our Academy has remained open to serve Essential Workers and adjusted our procedures and policies to mitigate the spread of any communicable disease, now and in the future.

While we are currently only able to provide care for families of Essential Workers, we are actively enrolling those that will require care when child care is allowed to reopen and operate as normal. We are enrolling now for spaces starting June 1st 2020, or immediately for Essential Workers (you do not have to be in the Maryland EPCC program).

We’re Implementing Modified Daily Procedures for Health & Safety

During this pandemic, and beyond, providing child care services will be done in a thoughtful and safe manner. Daily Academy operations will continue to adhere to our strict health practices along with additional modifications that comply with the Maryland Department of Public Health (MDPH), U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Kiddie Academy and several other government agencies regulating child care.

Some of the steps we have and will continue to take include:

  • A newly purchased ZONO Cabinet (www.zonotechnologies.com) which allows all hard to clean items like toys, cots, etc. to be sanitized without liquid and proven to kill 99.99% of viruses, germs and bacteria.

  • Checking children and staff temperatures each day upon entry into the school.

  • Increasing the quantity of hand sanitizer stations throughout the school.

  • Using a 3-step cleaning process (wash, rinse, disinfect) for toys and surfaces.

  • Removing and sanitizing mouthed toys immediately.

  • Regularly laundering soft items such as bedding, boppy pillows, dress up items, puppets, etc.

  • Regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces in common areas, door handles, touch screens and switches.

  • Sanitizing playground equipment multiple times a day.

  • Limiting the number of adults in the building to 1 per family, as well as not allowing outside visitors or vendors into the Academy.

  • Adhering to the updated maximum group size of 10 children in a classroom.

  • Requiring anyone inside the academy above the age of five to wear face masks when possible.

New ZONO Ozone Cabinet:

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Prior to COVID-19 our policies and procedures were stringent and meticulous to ensure a safe and healthy environment, but now we want to assure our families that we have exhausted all options to limit the spread of COVID and other communicable diseases.

  1. What is it?

    1. A large, double refrigerator-like cabinet that fits two large carts of toys, cots, materials to sanitize without chemicals.

  1. What does it kill?

    1. The ZONO Ozone Cabinet kills 99.9% of common viruses+ on non-porous surfaces and 99.9% of common bacteria* on non-porous, porous and semi-porous surfaces.

  1. Does it kill Coronavirus?

    1. Under EPA regulations, ZONO cannot say it kills COVID-19 until it is able to test with the virus. However, ZONO has tested with Norovirus, widely known as one of the hardest types of virus to kill, and ZONO kills 99.99% (disinfecting level) of Norovirus. ZONO plans to test with COVID-19 as soon as possible.

  1. How does it work?

    1. The ZONO utilizes a combination of: Process control, Ozone Concentration, Humidity, and Time to achieve consistent and laboratory-confirmed disinfection and sanitization levels. With the Integrated Mobile Rack and Cart System eliminates cross-contamination and cuts down on user handling of equipment.

  1. How often is it used?

    1. Each classroom will use it at least once a day for items used during that day. Cots will be done as often as possible.

Child Care Reimbursement Eligibility

During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, children of Essential Workers are eligible to receive childcare reimbursement through the state of Maryland.

Our team can help you determine if you qualify for the reimbursement program.

Reserve a Spot for Essential Personnel Child Care or Regular Enrollment

Please call or email our academy to check availability and reserve a spot for the temporary Essential Worker program or regular enrollment when the restrictions are lifted. With limited space available, classroom spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

(443) 343-2229

millersville@kiddieacademy.net

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