Child Care Hacks For COVID-19 [Webinar]

In this webinar, we chat with Missy Kneshel, Director of Victory Early Learning Academy, about all the tips and tricks she and her team have learned since reopening her center to non-essential workers.

🎤 Our Special Guest

Missy Knechel – Director at Victory Early Learning Academy

Missy Knechel is a professor in the early childhood department at Eastern University and director of Victory Early Learning Academy, a childcare center that she started ten years ago. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten and second grade for a total of 10 years. She has been married to her best friend, Jason, for 15 years, and together they have four beautiful children ages 5, 7, 10, and 11 in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.

🧪Key Resources

Products mentioned in the webinar:

  1. Plastic file organizer– Missy orders two per class – one for up front/outside when kids arrive and one for the teacher.
  2. Plastic shoe organizer to hang on hooks just outside of classroom.
  3. Thermometer for inner ear for when the infrared thermometer does not work 
  4. Plenty of disposable covers for the inner ear thermometer 
  5. Walkie talkies that do not have long antennae because teachers drop them all the time!
  6. Utility belt for morning drop off/check in 
  7. Fine mist spray bottle – Must use filtered water or it will clog!
  8. Individual sensory bins

Audience Shoutouts

Jean Hassen
As a suggestion…for another approach, our families also drop off kids outside and they bring a thermometer from home. Our faculty member checks and records the temp. Parent keeps the thermometer. We do have a couple of back up thermometers for emergencies

Christine Barton
We are using nurses scrubs with pockets!

Michelle Tensay
Sensory baggies are great for toddlers. You can even tape them to a window so they can explore as the light shines through.

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Carmen Choi

Carmen is the Marketing Coordinator and Preschool Podcast Manager on the HiMama team. She's been working with childcare business owners and consultants for 3 years. She is passionate making connections that empower the ECE Community through knowledge-sharing to support better outcomes for children, their families, and society!