Brighton Center provides direct services to more than 3,500 children a year through therapy, early childhood education and special education advocacy support. A large portion of our services typically requires direct contact with children and their families, which is great for improving development but not ideal for a time when social distancing is required. Since mid-March, Brighton has responded responsibly and appropriately to the new guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC as well as local and state government. All services were suspended initially until we could get our therapy program up and running online through Telehealth and our Special Education Advocates had the tools they needed to being providing IEP and ARD support via telephone and virtual meetings. Our early childhood education centers have remained closed but are scheduled to reopen on May 18, 2020. Below are just a few of the adjustments we have made in our COVID-19 Response to ensure we are providing the safest environment possible for the children and families we serve as well as our staff.
Brighton is following the CDC, national, state and local government authorities for the most current information and recommendations on how to safely operate all programs and services.
Brighton is upgrading our already high standards of cleaning. Both of our facilities (Higgins & Lullwood Campuses) already included the recommendations from the CDC, especially our child care centers but now we will be employing even more daily cleaning protocols, including daily laundering of all soft items, weekly rug cleaning and additional classroom and playground sanitation.
While Brighton’s Therapy Services and Special Education Services continue to be provided online or via phone, the staff that teach at our two childcare centers as well as the children and families enrolled will be required to be screened daily. These screenings will include checking temperatures daily upon arrival, daily health surveys, etc.
Brighton’s Preschool Program will be modifying pick up and drop off procedures to minmize the contact families have with each other and Brighton teachers. Families will drop off children in a designated area and will not be allowed to enter the classroom. Parents and teachers will be required to wear a mask during these times as well.