Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment tour

State lawmakers Paul Lee, Steve Clouse, Jeff Sorrells and Donnie Chesteen (from left) greet children in a classroom during a tour of the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment in November 2019.

Troy University’s Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment on Dothan’s campus is scheduled to reopen June 1 with precautions.

“In order to promote a safe environment for children, staff and families, the Coleman Center will adhere to the most recent recommendations made by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are specific to child care centers,” a news release from Troy University stated.

All decisions are being guided by the most recent recommendations from the CDC, state and federal governments and Troy University officials, and updates to its COVID-19 safety plan may be issued accordingly.

“We are looking forward to having our teachers and families return to the Coleman Center,” said its director, Nancy Mitta. “We will remain vigilant as we provide a safe learning environment for our children.”

Among the safety measures being taken are:

» All adults entering the Coleman Center must wear masks.

» All staffers, parents, visitors and children will receive a temperature and symptom check upon arrival if they go past the office area. Staffers will be screened upon each re-entry to the building.

» Hand-washing stations will be available in the lobby for parents and children.

» Center staffers will be vigilant in monitoring and reporting any COVID-19 symptoms.

» Children and teachers will be required to wash their hands frequently.

» Classes will be limited to no more than 12.

» Social distancing will be implemented, with children spaced at least 6 feet apart.

» Classrooms will include the same group and teachers each day.

» Diligent cleaning and disinfecting will be implemented throughout the center, to include frequently touched items, electronics, toys and bedding.

A detailed list of safety measures will be provided to parents.

The Coleman Center, which opened in 2019, provides early learning opportunities and care for children in the Wiregrass region from 6 weeks through 5 years old.

The center operates year-round Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information, or to apply to the Coleman Center waiting list, visit troy.edu/colemancenter.

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