COVID-19 Update from Pine Village Preschool

All PVP locations are currently closed and the plan right now is to re-open on Monday, May 4. The decision was made based on information from the CDC and Department of Public Health and their recommendations to be proactive and alleviate additional stress on the system. All current families have been notified. (If you are a current family and did *not* receive that message, please let your director know.)

This has been a difficult but clear decision for us to make. We know that this creates additional disruption during what is already a difficult period; however we are confident that this is the best and most responsible decision to make not only for our families, but for our teachers and administrative staff, who are all also attempting to balance their care and love for your children with the needs and health of their own families.

We are planning to be in touch with our families during this period so that your children can continue to maintain some type of connection with the friends and teachers they love during what is a very uncertain and frightening time. We spent the last two days creating our Pine Village Online Academy for current families. If you are a currently enrolled family, you should have heard from your director with more information, including a note about virtual and live meetings. If you did not hear from them, please do send a note to your director.

While we know it’s important to support our teachers and staff in creating these experiences for you, we are also committed to answering all of your questions. We are still working on the specific details for this and will have an opportunity for you to ask more questions and receive answers very soon. Trust that we have been reading, reviewing and logging all of your comments and questions as they come in.  We have used them as talking points in our meetings and will bring you answers and more information very soon.

Please continue to be in touch. We thank you for your understanding as the response time of all of us—directors and administrative staff included—may be a bit delayed as we are also managing this quarantine with our families. But we are so grateful for the ability to remain in communication with you during this time.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Emma LaVecchia directly. In the meantime, we wanted to share a huge thank you to our families for your kindness and your love as we too have been trying to navigate this uncertain time.

Spring 2020 Information Sessions

Join us at one or more of our Pine Village Preschool locations to learn about our Spanish immersion programs and tour the classrooms. Hear from our directors and teachers about developmentally appropriate practices and our social/emotional curriculum.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/pvpInfoSession

All information sessions start promptly at 6:30pm

Brighton: Thursday, April 23

402 Western Ave Brighton, MA 02135

Brookline: Thursday, April 2nd

15 St. Paul Street Brookline, MA 02446

JP Revere St: Thursday, March 19th, April 30th and May 12th

8 Revere St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

JP South St: Thu April 9th

57 South St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Kendall Square: Thursday, April 16th

695 W. Kendall St. Cambridge, MA 02142

Needham: Wednesday, April 15th

65 Fourth Ave. Needham, MA 02494

Newton Highlands: Wednesday, April 1st

54 Lincoln St. Newton Highlands, MA 02461

West Newton: Tuesday, April 14th

1326 Washington St. West Newton, MA 02465

Porter Square: Tuesday, April 7th

2067 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140

South End: Wednesday, April 29th

700 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118

For more information please email enrollmentpvp@gmail.com or call (617) 416 – 7763

Resources for Families Regarding COVID-19

As we work our way through this ever-evolving situation, we have been grateful for the guidance provided by reputable agencies and organizations. We’re sharing some of those here and will add to the list as new resources become available. If you have seen something that you’ve found particularly helpful and think we should include it on this list, please send it our way.

NEW LINK (Updated 3/19/20):

Things to do: Videos of Penguins at the Shedd Aquarium
Source: Shedd Aquarium
https://twitter.com/shedd_aquarium/


INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE-2019 (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Source: MA Department of Public Health
https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

The Latest: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Source: Boston Public Health Commission
https://bphc.org/onlinenewsroom/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx

Boston Public Health Commission | Coronavirus | Fact Sheet
Source: Boston Public Health Commission
In English / Spanish / Portuguese / Chinese / Haitian Creole / Vietnamese


RESOURCES ABOUT TALKING TO CHILDREN

How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus
Source: PBS Kids
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus
(See below for more resources for talking to kids about Coronavirus.)

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Source: NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) and NASN (National Association of School Nurses)
https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

Also available in Spanish: https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout_Spanish.pdf

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Source: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration)
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/pep20-01-01-006_508_0.pdf


INFORMATION FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

CDC Guidelines for K-12 and Childcare programs: 
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-for-schools.html

Pandemic Checklist for Childcare Providers
Source: Department of Health & Human Services & Centers for Disease Control
https://www.paperpinecone.com/blog/department-health-human-services-cdc-pandemic-checklist-childcare-providers?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Get+the+CDC%27s+Pandemic+Checklist+for+Childcare+Providers