Week 1 – June 30th, 2020: Theme – Reopening Your Parent Center (Series 1 of 5)

Reopening soon? Most parent center directors are tasked with creating the guidance needed to reopen the office after a COVID-19 closure. A lot goes into reopening safely, so make sure you do the research! Consider starting with the Council of Nonprofits’s information for some basic direction and templates. Check out the basics here: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/civicrm/mailing/view?id=2667

Week 2 – July 7th, 2020: Theme – Reopening Your Parent Center (Series 2 of 5)

One of the most important steps in keeping an office open and staff healthy during COVID-19 is to know how to properly disinfect. The CDC offers disinfecting guidance and a disinfecting decision tool with this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/clean-disinfect/index.html

Week 3 – July 14th, 2020: Theme – Reopening Your Parent Center (Series 3 of 5)

Most of us will be sticking with virtual meetings and trainings for a while. Eventually, though, we will head back to some in-person gatherings. Whether it’s staff meetings, partner gatherings or small in-person workshops, reminding everyone how to stay safe is important! Find clear communication materials to print for your first in-person events here: https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/128843/safely-return-meetings

Week 4 – July 21st, 2020: Theme – Reopening Your Parent Center (Series 4 of 5)

There’s speculation a “second and third wave” of COVID-19 might be coming. How will you know? This blog from someone who does know – an epidemiologist, can help you put the right counter-measures in place in your office: https://www.fastcompany.com/90498217/tips-from-an-epidemiologist-on-how-businesses-can-plan-reopenings

Week 5 – July 28th, 2020: Theme – Reopening Your Parent Center (Series 5 of 5)

Returning to work will be a stressful transition for parent center employees because there is so much on all of our minds right now. As leaders, we need to be prepared to support the mental health of our staff and offer creative solutions to their needs during this pandemic. This webpage offers lists of strategies and supports you can offer, along with links for further reading:  https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/psychological-health-and-safety/workplace-trauma