Parents of preschool and school-age children will no doubt welcome some good news after months of schedule juggling and difficult choices regarding the supervision and development of their kids.
Now they have some.
The region’s 35 Square One early learning centers are about to reopen their preschool and school-age classrooms. Its leadership promises a nimble response to the varying degrees of readjustment children will require after the coronavirus pandemic kept families in lockdown.
The Springfield centers on Main Street, King Street, and Sumner Avenue will reopen on Monday, June 29. The agency’s 35 family child care locations throughout the region will also reopen on a staggered basis beginning at the end of June.
“We have been working side by side with EEC (Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care, since day one of the pandemic. Our classrooms and our curriculums have been reconfigured to meet the new health and safety requirements from EEC, and our educators and therapists have been training to prepare for a variety of scenarios,‘’ said Maria Bedard, Vice President of Early Education at Square One.
“We know that some children will transition easily back into our programs while others will take more time and need more support.”
Under the COVID-19 guidelines, the center-based programs can accommodate 50 percent of the children served prior to the pandemic. Family child care programs may return to full capacity, provided