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EMPLOYMENT: Substitute Teaching Assistant - December 3, 2020 by Jennie


Orange County Parent Child Center’s Early Care and Education Program (ECE) is seeking a Substitute Teaching Assistant to cover for planned and unplanned absences of our regular staff.

Our Early Care & Education program currently serves children ages six weeks through five years. Days of the program are, Monday thru Friday, year-round.

Substitute teachers work under the direct supervision of OCPCC teaching staff. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. College students are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Part-time as needed

Interested applicants should email the ECE Director Sarah Wright, describing their interest in the position and previous experience with child care.

Orange County Parent Child Center is a vibrant, family-friendly work environment in the heart of Orange County. We value relationships with the children and families we serve and take great care to provide a professional place for the community to access programs and supports that meet their needs. Our mission is to help families with young children build a sense of place within their communities by connecting them to education, support, advocacy, and wellness opportunities.

Message to Families from Mary Ellen - August 10, 2020 by Jennie

This letter sets out clearly the protocols we must follow to keep your children who attend our Early Childhood Education Program safe, well, and protected.

August 5, 2020

Dear Families,

As we approach late summer and early fall, we tend to see more illness and or conditions symptomatic of illness.  Our guidelines from the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Education, and the Department for Children and Families are very specific in regard to the requirements for caring for children in a group setting.  The most recent updates and guidance can be found here:

These are some of the guidelines we will be asking all families and staff to follow:

  • All staff and adults on our campus must wear a facial covering.
  • Children under two years will not be required to wear facial coverings as it is not considered medically safe for them to do so.
  • Children over two years of age will be encouraged to wear facial coverings, especially the three and four-year olds.  Facial coverings for preschoolers are required for those attending public school programs.
  • Every child and adult, including staff, who enter the building will have a Daily Health Check.  You will be asked if you, or anyone in your family has been in contact with a person who has Covid-19. You will also be asked if you, or your child, have any symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
  • These symptoms include cough, temperature, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  If your child is flushed, extremely fussy, or fatigued, this could also be symptomatic of illness. 
  • Your child will be excluded from the program if they show any of these symptoms of Covid-19, have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees F, have a significant new rash particularly when other symptoms are present, or have large amounts of nasal discharge in the absence of a documented allergy diagnosis. 

A medical note will be required before your child can return to care in cases where Covid-19 is suspected. Children and staff with a fever greater than 100.4 degrees, with no specific diagnosis when Covid-19 is NOT suspected must remain at home until they have had no fever for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

We all need to work together to keep OCPCC a safe and healthy place.  If we have a child or staff member that tests positive for Covid-19, it could result in closure of all programs for a minimum of 14 days.  We are doing our best to keep groups separate and minimize the impact of a positive test.  However, we have siblings who are in different classrooms, staff with children in other classroom – all increasing the likelihood of a total shut down if there is a positive case.

Please help us by doing your part.  We recognize the hardship when your child cannot attend childcare.  Adhering to the guidelines will help ensure that we all stay safe and healthy and that we are able to keep the doors open for all of you that rely on us for quality early care and education.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Mary Ellen

COVID and Travel - July 20, 2020 by Jennie


Families Traveling

Anyone returning or traveling to Vermont must follow Vermont’s mandatory quarantine policy. Vermonters returning from an out-of-state trip must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test.

If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine to travel to Vermont or return to Vermont, as long as at least 14 days have passed since you received your final vaccine dose.

The State of Vermont has suspended all social gatherings between multiple households. Travelers may not stay with a Vermont host or stay in a Vermont lodging establishment or short-term rental with another household, except that a vaccinated individual or household may stay with a single non-vaccinated household.

Even if you have completed a quarantine, or intend to quarantine with another household, you may not gather with another household in Vermont. (Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household).

Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.

Wishing you Happy and Safe Travels!

Our Commitment to Racial Equity - June 20, 2020 by Jennie

We, the Board of Directors, management, and staff of Orange County Parent Child Center understand that systems of racism and oppression are at the root of inequities in health, hunger, education, and economic opportunity.

We are fully aware that these issues disproportionately affect African American, indigenous, and all people of color in this country and in the State of Vermont.

As an organization that works with families and youth, we recognize that we have the responsibility to partner with parents in raising children who are not only respectful and kind but are also aware of injustice and their power to correct it. We commit to doing this work in developmentally appropriate ways rooted in hope and compassion.

In memory of George Floyd and the countless victims of police violence and human rights violations, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we commit to:

  • Educating ourselves deeply about anti-racism, especially within the area of early childhood education.
  • Centering racial justice in all our work.
  • Listening to and amplifying the voices of African American people, indigenous people, and other people of color in our community and nationwide.
  • Partnering with groups and organizations working on racial justice in our communities.
  • Ensuring the safety and comfort of marginalized communities in all of our programs and service models.
  • Changing our internal systems and structures wherever necessary to dismantle systemic racism.
  • Broadening the circle and expanding the conversation around racism in Vermont.
Bears in the Woods! - June 15, 2020 by Jennie

In their first week back at OCPCC the ‘Bears’ class (3-4 year olds) took a happy woodland hike in the hills behind the Center.

Photo credits to Hannah Nadeau, the Bears teacher.

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