As of June 1st (with revisions as of June 8th, 2020) the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has issued Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach: Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety were released. Please find a link to those requirements here: https://eeclead.force.com/resource/1591618751000/Min_Req.
These new requirements will allow us to reopen within the next few weeks once an intent to re-open along with supporting documents are submitted and approved to EEC. EEC will be sending out additional information, templates, applications and staff training requirement within the next few days. The Somerville YMCA will ask to re-open by June 29th which is our original start date for the Summer SACC season. However with the new requirements we will be only able to operate a program for about 78 children in the SACC Summer Program and 20 in the preschool program. Child care administration and director staff are looking at every possible way to incorporate as many families that need the care as possible. The new ratios are 1:5 for preschool and 1:10 for SACC. There is also a new minimum space requirement increase to 42 Square feet per child up from 35 square feet per child. All children and staff over the age of 2 will need to wear a mask as keeping children 6 feet apart at all times would be extremely difficult. Children will not have to wear masks outside, while swimming or while eating and napping.
From a programming perspective please be aware that there can be no transportation, no field trips, no use of communal parks, or pools. We are looking into potentially getting a park designated for us that would not be open to the rest of the community, as well as whether we may be able to use our indoor pool for child care programming only as indoor pools are currently not allowed to open until Phase 3 to the general public/membership. We are reconfiguring the child care rooms, updating program equipment and supplies as well as PPE, have recently replaced the old water fountain with the new required touch free version, and are renovating and updating the computer room with new technology that focuses on the Summer STEAM Theme. The same staff are required to be with the same children all day. There can be no additional non-programming adults entering into the child care space including parents. Children will be dropped off and allowed to enter the program after a short health assessment.