Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE, HILLTOP CHILDREN’S CENTER WILL BE CLOSED AND ALL EDUCATOR INSTITUTE EVENTS WILL BE CANCELED FROM FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020 THROUGH APRIL 3, 2020 AT THIS TIME. HILLTOP CHILDREN’S CENTER WILL REOPEN APRIL 6, 2020 WITH LIMITED CAPACITY FOR CURRENT FAMILIES WHO WORK IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES. EDUCATOR INSTITUTE EVENTS ARE CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 30, 2020.
King County Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
WA State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets
WA State Department of Health: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
CDC: How to Protect Yourself
WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
Hilltop Family Resources:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Policy (Hilltop)
Guidelines for gatherings of children and youth while schools are closed
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
Viruses Don’t Discriminate (King County)
Coronavirus and Stigma (King County)
A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Thursday, March 26, 2020
LIMITED EMERGENCY REOPENING ON APRIL 6, 2020
Dear Hilltop community,
Taking into consideration all the recommended safety protocols, as well as the actions of Seattle Public Schools, we wanted to give an organizational update. As an essential service in the effort to combat COVID-19, Hilltop Children’s Center will reopen on April 6, 2020 with LIMITED emergency care for our currently enrolled families due to licensing restrictions. Aligning with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay-at-Home directive, parents are encouraged to stay home with their children if they’re able. Initial childcare services are reserved for our frontline healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers.
HILLTOP CHILDREN’S CENTER – LIMITED EMERGENCY REOPENING MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020:
- Our hours of operation will be 8:00-5:00 daily, with a mid-day health check and shift change at 1:00 pm.
- Classroom faculty will work with families to determine the most convenient ways to promote learning with limited social interactions,
- Practice advanced daily screening/health monitoring upon entering the center
- Continual cleaning/sanitation of the facility
- Families who provide food for their children must do so in disposable containers. No lunch boxes, water bottles, silverware, etc.
- Children will not be permitted to bring any items from home, including toys, books, and backpacks
These are truly challenging and unknown times that we are all facing. As we navigate how Hilltop will continue to serve and impact, we encourage everyone to reflect and act in a way to that contributes positively to our WHOLE community. We have started an online-giving Response Campaign to allow our supporters to contribute to our sustainability moving forward.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
To our Hilltop Community and Supporters:
The rapid spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has thrust all of us into uncharted territory. At Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute, we have been closely monitoring how the situation has been unfolding in Seattle, across the United States, and throughout the world, and we are working rapidly to respond in the best way possible for our families and the broader community.
With this in mind, Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute’s response to COVID-19 is to model and advocate for what public health experts call “social distancing.” We have opted to close our organization until at least March 27, 2020.
Faculty: Starting last week, Hilltop educators and staff began working from home, interacting remotely with children, families, and each other, and using best practices regarding social distancing if we absolutely must meet in person.
Institute: Hilltop has paused our in-person Educator Discussion Series and other scheduled Institute programming until further notice. Where possible, we will continue to interact with our Institute participants and partners using remote technology. We will provide periodic updates on the status of our upcoming Institute events as circumstances change.
We recognize that, now more than ever, Seattle/King County/Washington children and families—especially our most vulnerable ones—need our support. Our program staff are working actively from their homes to remain connected to our children and families each day, through e-mails, blogs, videos, and live chats. In this time of social distancing we are taking our core commitment to “Learning in Relationship” more seriously than ever.
- YouTube – Our educators are posting videos of themselves reading stories, playing music, and other interactive activities.
- Facebook – Our team is updating resources, videos, and blogs about ways to engage with children while at home.
- LinkedIn – Our leadership is advocating and engaging with Early Childhood, Higher Ed, and Public/Private School communities on the latest needs for the education industry surrounding COVID-19.
Advocacy: COVID-19 will especially impact vulnerable communities. Hilltop Children’s Center is prepared to advocate for just and equitable policies that will safeguard our community members who are already carrying more than their fair share of our State’s challenges. In the coming days we will compile and share a list of resources and advocate for policies and practices designed to address the needs of those of most impacted.
COVID-19 Education: We also want our community to understand this threat, protect themselves, and have access to evidence-based information. Below are resources we recommend reading and sharing:
- Flatten the Curve: Created by a public health expert, this website debunks common myths and illustrates the importance of taking action now.
- Guidance from the World Health Organization: On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Please visit this page for daily updates
- Social Distancing as Social Justice: Document describing this challenge through a lens of social justice and equity.
Contact Us: If you have any questions or concerns about what we are doing at Hilltop, please reach out to our team:
- Darline Guerrero, Executive Director: Guerrero@hilltopcc.org
- Sarah Felstiner, Education Director: Felstiner@hilltopcc.org
- Educator Institute – Mike Brown, Community Engagement Manager: Institute@hilltopcc.org
- Center/Programming – Erin Soper, Program Supervisor: email@example.com
- Employment – Nick Schmidt, HR Supervisor: Schmidt@hilltopcc.org
- Enrollment – Hannah Blakeslee, Administrative Coordinator: Blakeslee@hilltopcc.org
This is a challenging time. In addition to the general threats to our health and financial security, COVID-19 is shining a light on how our social safety net and emergency preparedness are unfair, under-resourced, and leaving far too many people behind. Because of that, the pandemic represents an even greater crisis for individuals and families pushed to the margins of our communities. Hilltop is promoting social distancing because it is the first step in an equitable response.
Take care of yourself and keep an eye out for the well-being of your neighbors. Let’s all resist fear and make ourselves useful by relying on health and safety best practices and love for our community as our guides.
We will get through this together.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Hello Hilltop families,
I know the past few weeks have been stressful for many in our community because of the continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We’ve now come to the point, with the guidance from the steps Seattle Public Schools is taking, recommendations from the mayor and the governor, that we must close our center starting Friday, March 13, 2020. We plan to remain closed until at least Friday, March 27, 2020.
Currently, we do not have any known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our program. This closure is not to quarantine, but rather to align with the protocols our government and local agencies have put in place and/or recommended. We will continue to stay in tuned for more information for local and state health officials, which could further extend the timeline of closing our center. If you or a family member does contract a confirmed case of coronavirus, please contact me immediately at Darline.Guerrero@hilltopcc.org.