DATE:          November 11, 2020

TO:                All Early Childhood Education Starfish Family Services Families

FROM:          Karen Roback, Vice President of Early Childhood and Strategy

RE:                  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Starfish Early Childhood Education Centers Closing Due to Increased Coronavirus Cases

Health and safety for families and center teams remain our priority as we continue to provide early childhood education programming. Due to the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in Southeastern Michigan, specifically Wayne County and the City of Detroit, Starfish Family Services will close our early childhood education centers beginning at the end of the day Thursday, November 12, 2020.

We will continue with virtual learning, and distribution of learning kits and meal kits for families on Fridays at the centers.

We knew we would need to be flexible and we anticipate this closure is temporary and as the coronavirus cases begin to decrease, we can return to in-person programming. We will continue to assess the status of the virus and keep you informed.

The following are the coronavirus resources for more information.

The website  https://www.starfishece.org/ , has more information about COVID-19, materials, and activities for children, and links to other resources.

Here are recommendations from Governor Whitmer’s office for Individuals and families at home:

  1. Learn about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

  2. If you have respiratory symptoms, STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Call your health care provider’s office in advance of your visit.

  3. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones, and light switches.

  4. Communicate and reinforce best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.

  5. Be prepared if there is COVID-19 in your household or a disruption of daily activities in your community. For example, maintain a supply of medications, food, and other essentials in your house. Consider alternative shopping options such as curbside pickups or online deliveries.

  6. Access services as much as possible online or by phone.

Learn more about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):