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COVID-19

June 21st, 2020 

Crittenton Centers" mission is to protect and nurture children and families.  Therefore Crittenton Centers' has adjusted our procedures for screening entrance to the building, for drop off and pick-up of children in our Child Development Center and Crisis Nursery, and for sanitizing and rotating toys and manipulatives to be in compliance with IDHS guidelines for phases 3 and 4 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan in response to COVID-19.  Family Services will continue to provide services via telecommunication. Crittenton Centers is thrilled to announce our Child Development Center is re-opening utilizing the new procedures to provide for the safety of children, families, staff, and volunteers. Our Crisis Nursery has been open before now with limited capacity with similar procedures but due to water damage in several classrooms of our Child Development Center opening was delayed until June 22nd. 

Please note the new protocols below:

The screening procedure for all entering the building: 

Individuals entering Crittenton Centers should all enter through the front lobby or the side Crisis Nursery door. A mask must be worn while entering the building and in all common areas. Staff must wear a mask until in their identified workspace.

 Upon entering, a designated staff member will ask the following screening questions,

                                                Do you have any of the following?

        • Fever or chills (above 100.4 degrees)
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Fatigue
        • Muscle or body aches
        • Headache
        • New loss of taste or smell
        • Sore throat
        • Congestion or runny nose
        • Nausea or vomiting
        • Diarrhea         

 If the individual answers “yes” to any question above, they will be not be permitted in the building.

 If the individual can answer “no” to all questions above, the designated staff member will then complete a temperature check.

 If an individual has a temperature reading of less than 100.4 degrees, they will be admitted into the building.

 Upon entrance, the individual should wash hands thoroughly in the closest restroom

The drop-off and pick up procedure for caregivers: 

All adults entering Crittenton Centers for drop-off from the Child Development Center program or Crisis Nursery will be required to wear a mask while in the building.

 Upon entrance into the building for drop-off, the adult will be asked to answer the following screening questions for the child being admitted to the program.

                                                Does your child have any of the following?

            • Fever or chills (above 100.4 degrees)
            • Cough
            • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
            • Fatigue
            • Muscle or body aches
            • Headache
            • New loss of taste or smell
            • Sore throat
            • Congestion or runny nose
            • Nausea or vomiting
            • Diarrhea         

If the individual can answer “no” to all questions, the designated staff member will then complete a temperature check of the child.

 If the child has a temperature reading of less than 100.4 degrees, they will then enter the program with a designated Program Staff member.

 The designated staff member will then take the child to the nearest restroom and help them wash their hands thoroughly. 

 Child Development Center staff and front desk staff will check the child in for the day.

All adults arriving to pick-up children from the Child Development Center program or Crisis Nursery will be required to wear a mask while in the building.

 Upon entrance into the building, the adult will complete any discharge paperwork with a staff member in the lobby areas of the Program.

A designated staff member will then bring the child to meet the adult in the lobby of the Program to exit.

No outside patrons should enter the programs in an effort to keep them a safe, healthy place for the children receiving services. 

The sanitizing procedures for toys in programs: 

Child Development Center staff will ensure all toys are cleaned/sanitized thoroughly each day, throughout the day.

Staff will have a rotation of morning toys/manipulatives and afternoon toys/manipulatives that will be used with children. Staff will ensure the morning toys/manipulates are cleaned and sanitized during rest times. The afternoon toys will all be sanitized/cleaned at the end of the day.

 All soft toys and dress-up items will be removed from play during phases 3 and 4 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

At least every two hours, Child Development Center staff will sanitize all high touch areas (tables, chairs, light switches, toilets, sinks, phones, door handles, etc.) with a bleach-water solution.

All items on the indoor playcourt will be wiped down/sanitized between each playgroup. Playtime will be limited to 20 minutes to ensure there is time to properly sanitize.

Crisis Nursery staff will ensure all toys are cleaned/sanitized thoroughly each day, throughout the day.

Staff will have a rotation of toys out and available to children in the Nursery. Once that family leaves, they will replace the toys/manipulatives with clean items and sanitize the dirty items.

Staff will leave (1) hour of time between admitting children into the Nursery to ensure all items can be properly sanitized or replaced with a clean toy/manipulative. Staff will also ensure high touch areas ((tables, chairs, light switches, toilets, sinks, phones, door handles, etc.) are sanitized during this time with a bleach-water solution.

 All soft toys and dress-up items will be removed from play during phases 3 and 4 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

At least every two hours, Crisis Nursery staff will sanitize all high touch areas (tables, chairs, light switches, toilets, sinks, phones, door handles, etc.) with a bleach-water solution.

All items on the indoor playcourt will be wiped down/sanitized between each playgroup. Playtime on the playcourt will be limited to 20 minutes to ensure there is time to properly sanitize.

Crittenton Centers 

Jeff Gress, President & CEO

"During a family emergency, the staff was wonderful to me - asking how things were and praying for us. It was great to know that they are not only caring for my child, but whole family as well."

~ CDC Parent

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