As always, we are putting safety first to protect our families and staff.  

In Cuddle Avenue Daycare all teachers are vaccinated against COVID-19 and staff will go through extensive training on Health & Safety practices we’ve developed to set a new standard in child care.

Children are not allowed in daycare with a temperature over 100.1. If a child is found ill in any way, parents will be notified, and the child will need to be picked up immediately. If your child gets sick overnight, please advise the daycare by 9:00 AM that your child will not be attending due to illness. Please note that we are not licensed to administer medication.

Parents agree that a child who is ill (fever, infection, vomiting, diarrhea, communicable disease, or any illness that might be contagious to others) will be kept at home to protect the well-being of other children in daycare. Children will not be allowed to return to daycare until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. 

If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious illness such as Chickenpox, flu, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), COVID-19, etc., caregivers must be informed immediately, and a doctor’s note will be required to return to daycare as per OCFS regulations. We will notify other parents/guardians of possible exposure by phone.  Individual child confidentiality is maintained.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Drop-off and pick-up:

When you arrive at our centers, don’t forget to mask up! That includes all adults and children ages 5 and up. We do recommend that children 2-4 wear masks if possible, and some states might require children younger than 5 to wear masks. At drop-off, we’ll ask you to attest to your child’s wellness. 

Temperature and wellness checks:

All staff will be asked to take their own temperature each day upon arrival and must be fever-free before entering Cuddle Avenue Daycare. When parents arrive at check-in, we’ll ask them to attest to their child’s health and wellness before dropping them off.

Health screenings:

Parents and staff will answer some health screening questions at drop-off, and we will monitor staff members’ and students’ health throughout the day.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Masks for adults

We follow OCFS regarding masks. We ask that all adults wear masks inside our daycare, and at drop-off and pick-up. Staff who are fully vaccinated have the option to remove their mask outside on our playground while maintaining social distance.

Masks for kids:

We recommend students and visitors ages 2 and up wear masks in our daycare and while at pick-up and drop-off. 

In the Classroom

Restricted classroom access:

At this time, only students and teachers who are well can enter our classrooms. This policy is in place to minimize potential exposure. Depending on your center, the drop-off location might vary (lobby, classroom door, outdoor covered space, etc.), so please contact your center director for more details about the protocols at your specific location.

Classroom cleanliness:

Toys, books, craft materials, cubbies, and other high-touch surfaces will be routinely disinfected and rotated. High-touch surfaces are disinfected frequently throughout the day.

Sick space:

Centers will have a dedicated space (in or out of the classroom) where teachers can care for sick children while keeping them separated from others until a family member can come to pick them up.

Social distancing:

We’ll continue to practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce risk.

Naptime adjustments:

Children will continue to sleep (without masks) three feet apart whenever possible and be positioned alternating head-to-toe or toe-to-toe. Bedding will be laundered regularly. Stuffed toys and personal items will be sent home nightly for laundering to help combat germs in the center.

Healthy Habits

Handwashing and sanitizing:

Everyone who enters the building will need to wash their hands, and we’ll continue to integrate 20-second handwashing into the curriculum. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the daycare.

Covering coughs and sneezes:

For anyone not wearing masks, we will continue to model and teach children how to safely cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows. We will help students remember to wash their hands after touching their faces or covering their coughs and sneezes.


Please pay close attention to the CDC’s guidance around coronavirus protocols and travel to specific regions. If you travel to regions of concern, you will need to follow CDC guidance for quarantining yourself and your family before returning to Cuddle Avenue Daycare.

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have further questions, please visit our FAQ page or feel free to ask us at any time:

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