COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

We are following the health and safety guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Wayne County Health Department, our University of Michigan colleagues and our own experts to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.

COVID-19 Data

The ECEC is reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases for children attending the Center and staff working at the facility. Reporting began on July 13, 2020, the date the center reopened and is updated weekly on Monday. New positive cases will be added to this tracker within 24 hours of being reported.

Policies & Procedures

The ECEC has developed health and safety related policies and procedures that will guide the fall semester. Highlights are below, view all of the details on this website. Health & Safety procedures on these pages supersedes information in the ECEC Parent Handbook.

Changes to Physical Spaces

Throughout the ECEC the space has been modified to minimize the spread of illness. Modifications include: 

  • Ensuring ventilation systems operate properly and increasing circulation of outdoor air.

Availability of Toys and Classroom Materials

Toys and classroom objects will continue to be available in the classroom, with only those that can be easily cleaned and sanitized in use. Each child will have a set of supplies (crayons, markers, paint brushed, etc.) labeled with their name that they will use. Additional items like sensory bins in the classroom for sand and water play and water tables outside will be available with slight modifications. 

Mealtime and Naptime procedures

  • All food will be brought from home each day, birthday snacks are not allowed. Children will continue to wash hands before and immediately after eating.
  • Each child’s bedding will be stored in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags and a cot/mat will be identified. Naptime spaces will be socially distanced, with children placed head-to-toe if possible. Naptime and comfort items will be sent home weekly to be cleaned.

Drop Off and Pick Up

  • Before coming to the ECEC parents should complete the ECEC Daily Health Screening app.  
  • Drop Off times are restricted to 8:00-9:30 a.m. and only one adult per family should be present at drop-off/pick-up. The gate will lock promptly at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Staff will greet families at the screening station, check for a green checkmark on the Screening App and take each person’s temperature. Families that aren’t able to complete the Daily Health Screening app can answer the questions in person. 
  • Parents may take their child to their classroom through the playground. Doors will be labeled with room numbers. Please knock on the outside classroom door and a teacher will greet you. 
  • Pick up times are restricted to 3-4 p.m., the gate will lock promptly at 4 p.m. 
  • Children can be picked up on the playground if they are outside. If children are not on the playground, please knock on the outside classroom door.

Symptom Tracking & Safety Measures

  • Before coming to the ECEC parents should complete the ECEC Daily Health Screening app. 
  • Families should refer to the ECEC Child Illness Chart with questions regarding whether or not a child should be attending school. 
  • Temperatures of staff and children will be re-checked mid-day. 
  • Additional training on COVID-19 has been provided to all staff. 
  • If a staff, student or family member becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 they must notify the ECEC Academic Director at 313-593-5424. 
  • Confirmed positive case information will be communicated to those directly impacted, this communication will include detailed information regarding expectations and next steps. 


Early Childhood Education Center

Early Childhood Education Center
18501 Rotunda
Dearborn, MI 48124
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