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Welcome to Early Childhood CARES

Note to families with children enrolled in our in-person classrooms:
A required Health and Safety Orientation for families with children in Early Childhood CARES classrooms will be offered via Zoom on Tuesday September 22 and Wednesday September 23. Please contact your service coordinator if you have not yet received a personal invitation to this training.

September 1, 2020

Dear Early Childhood CARES Families,

Welcome back and thank you for your patience since our last update. We would like to take this opportunity to update you as we begin the 20-21 school year. Our continuing goal is to provide high-quality early intervention and early childhood special education to your child.

Early Childhood CARES will have a variety of services this fall, from in person to remote or a combination of the two. The health and safety of your children and our staff is a priority as we continue to get clarity about what we are allowed to do and to ensure we can follow all safety guidelines that are in place.

It is our intention to limit exposure as much as possible for your child and family, our staff and all of our community partners. While we are able to provide some in-person services based on state metrics for COVID, services that can be effective and are working in the distance fashion will continue in that manner. If you have difficulty connecting with our services virtually, we encourage you to reach out to your service coordinator for assistance. It is our goal to assist all families who need help with virtual services, either in the form of a device, Wi-Fi or in accessing online formats.

Our home visiting services are required to remain virtual at this time unless there are extenuating circumstances about the ability to access services in this manner.

We will be offering a variety of preschool placements as we are able to meet the guidelines. Your service coordinator should have reached out to you at the end of our summer services to present some options for fall. At this time, we are moving forward with offering a virtual preschool option for families who want to continue remote services. We are also offering some in-person preschool placements in community preschools and specialized classrooms. Your service coordinator will be contacting you in the next couple of weeks to finalize these plans.

In addition to your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSPs), we will also be writing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) Plans for all children this fall. These plans are different from the Distance Learning Plans implemented this spring when we were in an emergency situation. The Comprehensive Distance Learning Plans will enable us to quickly switch gears and provide virtual/remote services if required.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes that may impact our plans going forward. As always, we appreciate your continued collaboration with us and the opportunity to work with you and your child.

With gratitude,

Kim Giansante and LaWanda Potter

Co-Directors Early Childhood CARES

Contact us if you have concerns about your child’s development

Learn more about early childhood development.

Early Childhood CARES provides early intervention and early childhood special education to infants, toddlers and preschool age children in Lane County.

All services are free of charge to eligible children. Watch a quick video about Early Childhood CARES and the services it provides.

Early Childhood CARES is looking for 3 to 5 year old peer models for an inclusive preschool program. The program provides positive learning experiences appropriate to the individual developmental needs of each child.

Early Childhood CARES is affiliated with the College of Education, University of Oregon.

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