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Important Note

SWTJC Daycare will be open at 50% capacity on Monday, April 5, 2021, please review the information below.

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The Powers & Kirchner Child Development Center (SWTJC Daycare) provides a positive and developmentally appropriate environment for your child to thrive!  The center provides services for children from 12 months to 12 years. Parents are always free to visit the center at any time, we look forward to getting to know all of our families. 

Contact:

Christine M. Chapoy
Child Development Center Director
130 Marsh Lane, Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-2590

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm 


SWTJC Daycare Reopening at 50% Capacity

Southwest Texas Junior College plans to reopen the Powers and Kirchner Child Development Center (SWTJC Daycare) at 50% capacity beginning Monday, April 5, 2021. Please read the SWTJC Daycare Return to Campus Protocol below for information on health and safety precautions the daycare staff will follow upon reopening the daycare facility.

Health and Safety Protocols for COVID-19 must be followed in order to visit any SWTJC building.

Daycare Enrollment Schedule (9:00 am - 4:00 pm):

  • On Monday, March 8, 2021, SWTJC students, faculty, and staff can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, 2021,  parents that receive Middle Rio Grande childcare funds can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.
  • On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, anyone from the community can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.

SWTJC Daycare cannot hold any spots, and enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*During the enrollment visit, parents must bring in shot records and any doctor's notes for any special diets the children may have.


For more information, please contact:

Christine M. Chapoy
Child Development Center Director
SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Child Development Center
130 Marsh Lane
Uvalde, TX 78801

Email: cmchapoy@swtjc.edu

Phone: (830) 591-2590

 


SWTJC Daycare Return to Campus Protocol add

SWTJC Daycare Return to Campus Protocol

The primary purpose of the Child Development Center is to serve children of all ages and to care for their needs especially during the pandemic.

General preparedness and planning

As we think about how our facility will deal with the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is important to work with our local health officials, school districts, child care licensing boards/bodies, child care accreditation bodies, health consultants, and other community partners to determine the most appropriate plan and action.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Day Care Plan is to ensure adequate supplies and inventory to support all covid 19 protocol including hand hygiene behaviors and routine cleaning of objects and surfaces.

Encourage staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Remember to supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Cover cough and sneezes.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a CDC recommendations for face covering when you must go out in public.
  • Face coverings will be optional for infants and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.

Require sick children and staff to stay home.

  • Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
  • Communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when observe signs of illness.
  • Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the childcare center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.
  • Keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
  • Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation as per SWTJC Return to Campus protocol.

Have a plan if someone is or becomes sick.

  • Plan to have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child. Additional information about isolation in related settings can be found here: isolation at home and isolation in healthcare settings.
  • Be ready to follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
  • If a sick child has been isolated in your facility-Directors office, clean and disinfect surfaces in your isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
    • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
    • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas if possible.
    • Wait up to 24 hours or if possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
    • Refer to Licensing for determining who or how many other children should be sent home.
    • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
      • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.

Brief description of Daycare

  1. Department: Childcare center
  2. Staff: Director: Christine Chapoy, Teachers Rosa Rodriguez, Gracie Lombrana, Rubi Casarez, Sylvia Quintero, Velma Roman, Delia Aviles. Cook – Martha Lopez
  3. Re-open: April 5, 2021
  4. Day (s)/time: Monday -Friday 7:30 am -5:30 pm.
  5. Location: 130 Marsh Lane Uvalde, TX 78801
  6. Indoor/outdoor: will use both inside and outside.
  7. Number of children: (50% capacity)

               Infant Room 1- Licensing 4 to 1 (Children to Staff Member), SWTJC 4 children

               Infant Room 2- Licensing 5 to 1, SWTJC 4 children

               Toddlers 1- Room Licensing 9 to 1, SWTJC 6 children

               Toddlers 2 -Room Licensing 11 to 1, SWTJC 8 children

               Preschool 1- Licensing 17 to 1, SWTJC 10 children

               Preschool 2- Licensing 26, SWTJC 13 children. 

  1. PPE suppliers requested:
    1. Mask: 2 per each staff member
    2. Gloves: we use gloves all the time for diaper changing
    3. Hand Sanitizer: 1 pre classroom, and 1 in the kitchen and office total of 9
    4. Disinfectant spray:9
    5. Disinfectant wipes: 9
    6. Gowns: 1 per each staff member totaling 11

 Powers & Kirchner Child Development Center COVID-19 Plan

All health protocols will be enforced, as directed by Governor Abbott on May 8, 2020.

1.Temperatures will be taken at the front door for each child coming in and all staff members will be taken as well.   

Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness should not be admitted to the facility. Encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. There are several methods that facilities can use to protect their workers while conducting temperature screenings. The most protective methods incorporate social distancing (maintaining 6 feet from others) or physical barriers to eliminate or minimize exposures due to close contact to a child who has symptoms during screening.

Upon arrival and departure time will be strictly outside of the daycare.  The director, the cook, and/or Angels will be taking temperature of each child coming in.    Upon arrival, children will be given hand sanitizer till they get to their room to wash their hands and put on a facemask, eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face), and a single pair of disposable gloves. A gown could be considered if extensive contact with a child is anticipated.

  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness, and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
  • Take the child’s temperature.
    • If performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, ensure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
    • If you use disposable or non-contact (temporal) thermometers and did not have physical contact with an individual, you do not need to change gloves before the next check.
    • If you use non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe if it remains wet.
  • After each screening, remove and discard PPE, and wash hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If hands are visibly soiled, soap and water should be used before using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  1. Our classroom furniture has been arranged to where the children have more space to practice social distancing.

 Social Distancing Strategies

The SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Day Care Plan will work with our local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for our Day Care situation. The SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Day Care Plan will continue using preparedness strategies and consider the following social distancing strategies:

  • Childcare classes will include the same group each day, and the same childcare providers should remain with the same group each day.
  • Cancel or postpone special events such as festivals, holiday events, and special performances.
  • No daily group activities that may promote transmission will be conducted.
    • Keep each group of children in a separate room.
    • Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.
    • If possible, at nap time, ensure that children’s naptime mats (or cribs) are spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart. Consider placing children head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
    • Consider staggering arrival and drop off times and/or have childcare providers come outside the facility to pick up the children as they arrive. Your plan for curb side drop off and pick up should limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations. If possible, arrange for administrative staff to telework from their homes.
  1. All SWTJC all staff members are required to wear a mask.
  2. If a child gets sick while in care.
  • An isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child will be implemented. Additional information about isolation in related settings can be found here: isolation at home and isolation in healthcare settings.
  • Be ready to follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
  • If a sick child has been isolated in your facility, clean and disinfect surfaces in your isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
    • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
    • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
    • Wait up to 24 hours or if possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
    • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
      • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.
  1. A specific time frame for the children drop off and pick up will be set in place.
  2. Each employee will bring two set of clothes daily.
  3. Each employee has been given a gown for diapering change time.

Food Service:  CDC guidelines

  • Each child’s meal will be served so that multiple children are not using the same serving utensils.
  • Sinks used for food preparation should not be used for any other purposes.
  • Caregivers should ensure children wash hands prior to and immediately after eating.
  • Caregivers should wash their hands before preparing food and after helping children to eat.
  • No outside food will be allowed

Washing, feeding, or holding a child: 

Diapering: When diapering a child, wash your hands and wash the child’s hands before you begin, and wear gloves. Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures will be posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include: - Prepare (includes putting on gloves) - Clean the child - Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes) - Replace diaper - Wash child’s hands - Clean up diapering station - Wash hands.

After diapering, wash your hands (even if you were wearing gloves) and disinfect the diapering area with a fragrance-free bleach that is EPA-registered as a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. If other products are used for sanitizing or disinfecting, they should also be fragrance-free and EPA-registered. If the surface is dirty, it should be cleaned with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. 

If reusable cloth diapers are used, they should not be rinsed or cleaned in the facility. The soiled cloth diaper and its contents (without emptying or rinsing) should be placed in a plastic bag or into a plastic-lined, hands-free covered diaper pail to give to parents/guardians or laundry service.

It is important to comfort crying, sad, or anxious infants and toddlers, and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing, feeding, or holding very young children, childcare providers can protect themselves by wearing an over-large button-down, long sleeved shirt and by wearing long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo.  Consider limiting the amount and type of jewelry that you wear so that the disease cannot be transmitted that way. 

Childcare providers should wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions. 

Childcare providers should change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. They should change their clothing, if there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again. 

Contaminated clothes should be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine.

Infants, toddlers, and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the childcare center or home-based childcare.  Children should not be allowed to wear other children’s clothing.   

Childcare providers should wash their hands before and after handling infant bottles prepared at home or prepared in the facility.  

Bottles, bottle caps, nipples, and other equipment (e.g. bottle warmers) used for bottle-feeding should be thoroughly cleaned after each use by washing in a dishwasher or by washing with a bottlebrush, soap, and water.

The SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Day Care will continue to implement some requirements to ensure the health and safety of children and staff.

 

Questions or Concern should be directed to:

Christine Chapoy - Director
(830) 591-2590 or Cell (830) 275-7262
cmchapoy@swtjc.edu

 

 


History

The Powers and Kirchner Hall Child Development Center is a 5,800 square feet facility that was partially financed by the $200,000 gift from Mr. F.B. Kirchner who ranched in Edwards County. Mrs. Mary B. Powers who was Mr. Kirchner’s mother, willed SWTJC $5,000 for beautification and landscaping the grounds around the building. The licensed facility has space for 64 students and contains a classroom and observation sites for students enrolled in the child development program.

Philosophy

The Child Development Center welcomes all families without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability.  The programs of the center were developed from a common desire for excellence in meeting the needs of children and their families.  All of the programs are designed to nurture relationships, promote understanding of the child’s world and enhance development.  The center staff will develop individual goals and objectives for each child within the context of the principles.

We Believe:

  • That the home is the most important factor in a child’s development.  We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote healthy development of children and parents.
  • That loving, trusting and respecting each child makes that child capable of loving, trusting and respecting others.
  • That each child should be helped to have a positive self-image.
  • That it is important to meet each child’s needs for physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.
  • That the needs of children change as they grow; that programs must respond in content and structure by using the best techniques and current research in human development.
  • That children deserve a nurturing, safe and happy environment which promotes their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
  • That children deserve to have teachers who are capable and caring and whose values enable them to be excellent role models.

Purpose

The primary purpose of The Child Development Center is to serve as an educational and observational facility for the provision of high quality care and educational services to the children of SWTJC students and employees.  The center will also enhance the Child Development, Nursing and Management programs.  Child Development students will utilize the center to study child growth and development and gain experience working with young children.  Nursing students will utilize the center to conduct developmental assessments and Management students will gain workplace experience.  All students will receive guidance from the professional staff that plan and conduct the educational program.

Curriculum

The curriculum provides for all areas of a child’s development (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) based on the teacher’s observations and recordings of each child’s special interests and developmental progress.  The curriculum emphasizes learning as an interactive process.  In accordance with these concepts, the environment is prepared for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials.

Teachers facilitate children’s development through:

  • Developmental assessments to guide the planned activities.
  • Activities and materials that is concrete, real and relevant to the lives of young children.
  • Activities to explore with all the senses.
  • Activities and an environment that stimulate thinking, problem solving and experimenting.
  • Activities that help encourage fine and gross motor skills.
  • Activities in the areas of art, music and sensory experiences.
  • Promotion of healthy and safe habits.
  • Encouragement of self-help skills.
  • Language stimulation which is incorporated in all daily activities.
  • Opportunities for imaginative play and creative expression.
  • Activities that increase in difficulty and complexity as children develop understanding and skills.
  • The provision of multicultural and unbiased experiences, materials and equipment.
  • The use of questions and suggestions to extend and stimulate each child’s learning.
  • The provision of daily outdoor activities.
  • The provision of gross motor activities on bad weather days.
  • The arrangement of the environment which is designed for young children to use with little or no adult assistance.
  • The provision of a child-oriented program that recognizes children respond best while they have fun.
  • Classrooms that are divided into center offering different types of developmental activities for children to choose.

Teachers communicate their respect for children in the following ways;

  • Teachers provide many opportunities for children to develop their communication skills through one-on-one and group experiences.  Adults carefully listen to each child.
  • Teachers use a gentle, pleasant tone; simple phrases and words easily understood by the children.
  • Teachers explain the day-to-day activities and routine before, during and after each occurrence to provide a clearer, confident understanding of what is happening.

Teachers assist children in making a smooth transition between home and childcare and from group to group.


Childcare Fees

Childcare Fees
Infant (0 - 17 months)  
Full time (6 hours or more) $32/daily
Part-time (5.5 hours) $26/daily
Toddler (18 - 35 months)  
Full time (6 hours or more) $30/daily
Part-time (5.5 hours) $25/daily
Preschool (3 - 4 years)  
Full time (6 hours or more) $28/daily
Part-time (5.5 hours) $20/daily
After School (6 - 12 years)  
Full time (6 hours or more) $27/daily
Part-time (5.5 hours) $19/daily

Payments

Payments to "Southwest Texas Junior College" may be made by check or money order.  There is a $25 charge for returned checks. 

Closures

Holidays/Teacher in-service days

The center provides services for children from birth to 12 years. Parents are always free to visit the center at any time, we look forward to getting to know all of our families. 

  • New Year's Day
  • One week for Spring Break
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (two days)
  • One week for Christmas

Discrimination Policy

The Child Development Center welcomes all families without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We will accommodate to provide services to any child with disabilities.