It is the policy of this program that we are only accepting children from fully vaccinated families. The COVID-19 vaccine is not yet mandated for school age children or adults. However, in the interest of minimizing program closures and quarantines, families (including older siblings) must be fully vaccinated in order for children to be registered here.
All staff, and household members who are able, are fully vaccinated.
We were able to accept the Cares 1 and Cares 3 Scholarships for Essential Workers. Each one of these programs covered about 3 months of childcare for qualifying families.
ALL COVID 19 EMERGENCY REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN BY OCFS WITH PERMISSION FROM THE GOVERNORS OFFICE AS OF JULY 2021.
IN MARCH OF 2022, MASK MANDATES WERE WITHDRAWN.
We still are operating under best practice. It may be the case that regulations are reinstated if COVID 19 case numbers rise.
Below is the information that we posted in June of 2020 regarding our COVID 19 response. Please understand that information changes daily, and we will follow OCFS requirements.
According to the Governor, you do not need to be "essential" in order to access childcare.
We recognize that sometimes the safest place for a child is in care. There is stability in routine and socialization for children. We provide a clean, safe and stimulating place while you continue to take care of your family.
An Apple A Daycare NY, Inc. has not closed during the crisis, nor have we experienced any interruption of care due to any of our clients being exposed. We maintain a core roster of children daily, with very low-risk of exposure, according to the CDC.
We are prepared to accept and assist school aged children.
Temporary contracts are available for Birth-Age 12.
Our COVID-19 rates start at $6.50/hr for full time care.
We accept CARES ACT Childcare Scholarships and DSS Funds. We can assist you with these applications if you need help affording care at this time.
In order to ensure the safety of our clients and their families, we are following the CDC regulations regarding healthcare checks and daily cleaning requirements. We have installed air purifier devices, hand sanitizer stations for the adults, strictly enforce our medical exclusion policy, and remain in weekly contact with OCFS regarding the measures we employ. As the crisis develops, we adjust our policies accordingly. Finally, additional Fire and Safety Drills and Shelter-in-Place drills are conducted each time a new students registers.
We can offer you a virtual tour to discuss your needs before an on-site tour is conducted.
At this time, children are not required or suggested to wear face masks. It is actually harmful for children younger than 2 to wear face coverings of any kind, and is therefore not permitted by licensing.
The Essential Order from the Governor requires the business owner to provide face masks for employees and to come up with a plan for interacting with the public.
Children are not considered "public". Therefore, An Apple A Daycare NY, Inc. will not wear masks when interacting with children in care, when social distancing is posible. Parents are asked to social distance when interacting with staff, and staff is welcome to wear masks when interacting with the parents.
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Newsday published a front-page article in the business section highlighting the impact COVID-19 has had on childcare. An Apple A Daycare NY, Inc. was one of the programs featured in the article.
As a result of this article, lawmakers have held multiple round tables, leading to an increase in funding for childcare programs.
These funding streams will be in the form of additional scholarship funds for working families, and grants for childcare programs to continue to meet the Pandemic Standards set forth by the Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services.
The entire article and video can be found here: