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All students and staff are assessed every morning to determine that they are free from symptoms of COVID-19, other contagious illnesses, and that they are well enough to be on-site.

June 23, 2020

Dear Academic Explorers Families & Community Members,

As we prepare for our summer program, we will continue with the health and safety policies and procedures that we have worked for us throughout this public health emergency over the last few months. We are blessed to be able to say that as of today, we have not needed to close our program at all due to COVID-19 and no child has been diagnosed, and we hope to continue reducing the risk of spreading this disease. Some of our new policies and procedures include:

  • We no longer accept cash payments. Parents must pay tuition and parent fees with credit, debit, or bank account ACH withdrawals.

  • We are restricting child personal belongings and bags coming into the program.

  • As per our NYS Forward Safety Plan, we are documenting our cleaning procedures multiple times per day.

  • Children 2 years of age and older receiving our transportation service must wear face coverings in our vehicle unless they have respiratory issues or disability that would prevent them from removing it independently.

  • We have made our virtual program free and available for any child anywhere in the world! Click here to register for our Virtual Summer Camp.

We hope to see you and your little ones very soon whether that be in person or virtually. We will continue to keep you informed as updates occur!

Be safe and be well,

Danielle C. Paige, President


April 26, 2020

Dear Academic Explorers Families & Community Members,

To keep you informed, we want to update you with the following information about our additional Health & Safety procedures:

  • Upon notification that a child or staff member who has been on our facility within the previous 7 days, we will close for a period of 3 days to:

    • Keep everyone off the property for 24 hours to let any infected drop​lets from the person testing positive "settle" as guided by the CDC. We will also inform everyone who would have come into close contact with that person that they should take the recommended precautionary self-quarantine and will not be allowed back into the building until the recommended quarantine period has ended.

    • On day 2, we will go in to clean and disinfect the premises.

    • We will remain closed for a third day just as a precautionary measure to keep all children out of the building for 72 hours. Children and staff who were not in close contact with the person testing positive will be permitted to return to the center after the 3-day closure.

  • All staff members wear a mask on-site each day.​

  • Parents may choose to have their children wear a mask if their child is 2 years of age or older and free from respiratory issues.

  • All children and staff entering the building must change into their "center only shoes" before entering any classroom. "Center only shoes" are cleaned every day and do not leave the building.

The rest of our procedures that have been in place over the past few weeks are outlined in our initial message below, dated March 20, 2020, as well as in the orange box above.

We will continue to keep you informed as updates occur!

Be safe and be well,

Danielle C. Paige, President


March 20, 2020


Dear Academic Explorers Families & Community Members,


With the minute-by-minute drastic changes during this unprecedented time, there is so much uncertainty about what each next day will bring. We hope that this notice finds you and your loved ones well and in good health. We are thankful for those who are doing their part to keep our world safe by practicing social distancing. For those of us that are unable to stay home each day during this time due to job requirements, we are thankful for your hard work and dedication.


At Academic Explorers, we put the C.H.I.L.D. F.I.R.S.T. Consistency is the first of our ten core values, and we will continue to consistently provide high quality child care to those in need for as long as possible. We are and will remain open for as long as the Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) allows. We currently have the support from OCFS to provide care and have been called on as “an essential function critical to enabling parents to go to work.” These parents include first responders, health care professionals, and other essential workers who need an appropriate, safe place for their child to be while they are at work.


Health & Safety is the second of our values. We understand the severity of this Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and have been going above and beyond our existing protocols to maintain the cleanliness of our facility. In addition to that, here is an outline of more actions we will take beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • Curbside pick-up and drop-off – No parents or family members will be permitted to enter the facility unless absolutely necessary. We are eliminating foot traffic in the facility and will have a designated staff member meet you outside the front door to receive or release your child.

  • All children will have daily health checks conducted during curbside pick-up. This means that teachers will be asking you questions about your child and taking their temperatures. Any child with a temperature of 100.4ºF or higher, or with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the facility and may not return without a doctor’s note.

  • All staff, parents, and visitors entering the building will have their temperatures checked every day and will not be permitted to enter any classroom with COVID-19 symptoms.

  • In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, we will limit the size of our classroom groups to ten or fewer children until further notice.

  • All staff and children will wash their hands immediately upon arrival and approximately every 2 hours throughout the day.

  • We will provide online learning activities, lessons, schedules, teacher/class videos, and resources for children ages 0-5 to keep up with their learning and to stay active at home.

  • If we must close due to someone testing positive for COVID-19, we will be notified by the DOH and we will keep an open line of communication with families regarding self-quarantine procedures and when we would be re-opening our doors.


At this time, if parents are choosing to keep their children home, we understand and agree with that choice. In order to keep up with our operating expenses and to make sure we can continue to keep our amazing teachers employed, we must continue to charge tuition based on enrollment. We do expect that parents continue to make their tuition payments if they are still working and able to do so even if their child is not attending at the moment. Parents could also choose to withdraw their child from our program and attempt to re-register them when they are ready in order to avoid weekly charges, however this may put their child’s slot at risk. If a parent is out of work, or would struggle to make these payments, due to COVID-19 reasons, but want to keep their child’s slot secured, they may contact us at so we can set up a payment arrangement. All parents who paid the summer camp registration fee in full will still have a guaranteed slot for their child in our summer program that begins July 6, 2020.


Our tenth and final core value is Teamwork – and with that, we are confident that we, as a society, can get through this pandemic together. We are here for you and will continue to be in whatever way we can.


Danielle C. Paige, President

P.S. At this time, New York State is not mandating child care providers to close their programs. For confirmation of that, click here.

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