DATE:           June 4, 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



Update: All Starfish Family Services early childhood education locations

will remain closed over the summer.



Governor Whitmer announced on June 2 that Michigan was in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan.  On June 3 we learned that child care is now allowed to open.

             Starfish Family Services early childhood centers will remain closed over the summer.


Starfish is developing a Safe Start plan for returning to programming at all our centers and in home-based settings.  Starfish is looking at:

  • Social distancing

  • Health screenings

  • Separating children who are sick

  • Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Air quality

  • Response plans, in case there are confirmed cases, or a second wave of the virus


Starfish will follow guidelines for returning to programming from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local health departments, State of Michigan Child Care Licensing, and best practices from other countries where the virus was contained.


Starfish early childhood teams will prioritize the health and safety of our families and employees before we open our doors.  Starfish early childhood teams will keep families updated. 


While the centers are closed, Starfish will continue to support families with the following:

  • Starfish center teams and health and family service teams will connect with families bi-weekly. 

  • Starfish teams will partner with Gleaners for food distribution at four of our centers.

    • Cecil

    • Covenant House

    • Hiveley

    • Marygrove

  • Starfish teams will provide meals for families weekly at Hiveley. 

  • Starfish teams will provide diapers, wipes and other supplies to families weekly as we are able. 

  • Starfish teams will provide virtual learning experiences with Storyboards


The website , 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.


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