First Beginnings Child Development Center- 1st United Methodist, Shreveport

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a "Type 3", full-day, ECE Preschool. Ages 8 wks - 5 yrs. “CLASS”, TS Gold, QRS and LDOE participant.

Weekday Early Childhood Education serving infants 2 months old through Pre-Schooler, 4 years old.

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a full-day Pre-School and Early Childhood Education Center. We are a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Downtown Shreveport, serving families with children ages 8 weeks through 5 years. All families are welcome! First Beginnings is a "Type 3" Early Childhood Education center registered with the Louisiana Department of Education. Parents, we know, selecting a childcare center or preschool program can be a very frustrating experience! With so many options, it is hard to know just what will be right for your very special child. First Beginnings Child Development offers every child a loving and nurturing environment, a place that is stimulating, and a place where every day has something special in store. Weekday childcare has been a part of First United Methodist Church since 1970. As the demands for quality childcare for young children in our community grew, we evolved into a full day, preschool and early childhood education center, While First Beginnings is a Ministry of First United Methodist Church, our program is non denominational and open to families of all faiths throughout the community. The First Beginnings Child Development Center’s program emphasizes interrelated areas important for the growth of the whole child - intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and creatively. We seek to meet the needs of the individual child in a group setting. We strive for a daily positive feeling of success and self-worth at his or her level of maturity. A love of learning is fostered through a Christian environment, rich in opportunities for growth. We strive to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity as they investigate, discover, and solve problems in their daily experiences. We can assist you by providing a nurturing, secure, fun, and challenging environment for your child while they are in our care. You can go to our web-site for more information and to add your child to our waiting list. http://www.firstbeginnings.org/ Our hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mission: Our mission is to provide children, and their families, with a secure, enriching environment to foster individual development, self-esteem, creativity, and spiritual growth.

Operating as usual

[06/04/20]   Oh for joy! We will be (for real this time) opening Monday, June 8 at full capacity. Again, I ask your continued patience as we take this step together. We are excited! Hope to see your smiling faces and those loving babies of yours then. Blessings to you all!
Also, I have emailed all of our enrolled families through our ProCare data-base. A few are still kicked back. If you did not receive an email, please email me with this information. @ [email protected]. Thanks

[06/04/20]   This is the results of a survey I participated in and the results were interestering. Thought you might want to know what some of the other centers are doing in our country.

HiMama Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on Childcare Centers
POSTED BY MELISSA WOOD
• MAY 7, 2020

• IN POSTED INCOVID-19 / LEADERSHIP
HiMama conducted two surveys over the past two months on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on childcare centers (one in March, the second in April). These survey results include responses from over 500 centers across North America.
67% of childcare centers closed during COVID-19
In both our surveys conducted at the end of March and the end of April, 67% of centers who responded were closed.
Regionality and size of center impacted the percentage of closed centers:
• 80% of Canadian centers closed vs. 63% of American centers closed.
• 55% of home daycares closed, 65% of single location centers closed, and 75% of multi-location centers closed.
96% of centers who remained opened saw a decline in attendance
Of the centers that remained open, 96% had parents keeping the children at home as a precaution to the pandemic. On average, open centers experienced 69% of children staying home in March and 70% of children staying home in April.
51% of closed centers are still paying their staff in full
In terms of paying their staff, there were big differences between open and closed centers.
Closed centers were more likely to be paying their staff in full with 51% of centers who responded stating that they are still paying their staff. Open centers were more likely to have reduced staff hours with 39% stating that they have done so.
Below is how participants replied to the question, “what are you doing for staff regarding salary?”
Closed Open Total
I don’t know what I’m going to do 5% 9% 6%
I’m currently using their vacation/holidays 4% 1% 3%
I’ve had to lay off my staff 33% 24% 30%
I’ve reduced their hours 8% 39% 18%
Paying them in full 51% 27% 43%
Many closed centers leveraged ‘remote learning’ to maintain positions for staff as they transitioned to working from home.
• “We are allowing main teachers to work from home with lesson planning and providing activities for families electronically.”
• “Working from home, connecting with families, sending activities, virtually reading books, and singing songs to children.”
58% of closed centers are not collecting any tuition
In terms of tuition collection, only 6% of all respondents noted that they were collecting full tuition payments:
• 71% of closed centers are collecting nothing, 15% are collecting partial tuition, 11% are supported by the government, and 3% are collecting full tuition.
• 41% of open centers are collecting partial payments with only 13% collecting full tuition.
60% of centers currently offering remote learning
67% of closed centers and 45% of open centers are currently offering remote learning programming for their children. Remote learning has exploded within the early childhood education community with teachers and centers running virtual circle times, setting up at-home activities, running yoga sessions, and setting up virtual playdates to ensure learning is still happening.
12% of centers are not offering remote learning but are planning to, 12% of centers want to launch remote programming but don’t know how, and 17% of centers have no plans in offering remote learning.
‘Stress’ and ‘staff’ are the two biggest concerns for centers
When asked how they are holding up, the most popular mentioned word was ‘stress’ as both centers who are open and closed are facing a lot of uncertainty in terms of how to run their business.
The second most mentioned word was ‘staff’ as people shared how they were worried about maintaining their staff with few children in attendance or being forced to close their businesses.
Words of hope and gratitude
🙏 A BIG THANK YOU to the childcare community. Working in the childcare community throughout this time has led me to personally be inspired daily by the passion, perseverance, creativity, and hope that you bring to our youngest minds. Each and every one of you amazes me.
A follow up thank you to everyone who participated in this survey. This data helped shape the content that we curated, the product features we shipped and launched, and the at-home activities database we developed to support the childcare community in this time of crisis.
Through everything, the community has also been very supportive and encouraging.

HiMama

This left me with such hope! Enjoy

The #COVID19 crisis has been an incredibly challenging time for the entire #childcare community. Here are some words of hope that our amazing #ECE community shared to help us all get through this together!

[05/31/20]   https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/child-care-providers/child-care-assistance-program-(ccap)-pandemic-protective-services-crisis-application.pdf?sfvrsn=21e09b1f_8

Essential Employees
1. Agriculture and Fishing
2. Manufacturing
3. Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment
4. Electricity, Gas and Water
5. Construction
6. Wholesale and Retail Trade
7. Transport Storage and Communication
8. Accommodation and Food Services
9. Information and Communications
10. Financial and legal activities
11. Professional, Scientific and Technical activities
12. Rental and Leasing Activities
13. Administrative and Support Services
14. Public Administration and Defence
15. Human health and social work activities
16. Community/Voluntary Services

Licensed Name of Center:
First Beginnings Child Dev Center
Provider Number (TIPS): 020144036
License No.: 12422
Physical Address:
500 Common St, Shreveport, La. 71101 License
Capacity: 135
Ages Served: 2mo-4yrs
City:
Shreveport
Zip Code: 71101
Parish: Caddo
Telephone:
318 4296890
E‐mail: [email protected]

Employer Identification Number: 72-0977243
The Employer Identification Number (EIN) is issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

From LDOE
Essential critical infrastructure workers are eligible to apply for CCAP subsidy child care through May 31, 2020. For questions regarding CCAP, please contact [email protected]


Veronica Buckley
Program Consultant
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, La. 70802
(225)342-1861
www.louisianabelieves.com

surveymonkey.com

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

This survey will be very helpful as we make plans to reopen June 1. We want to provide the best environment possible for your children and our staff. Thank you for helping us out.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CWKFH7

surveymonkey.com Please take the survey titled "First Beginnings: We Are All In This Together". Your feedback is important!

newsweek.com

Governors can reopen all they like. Without child care, parents can't work | Opinion

Maybe this will get the childcare profession recognized for what it is, one of the most important pieces to this puzzle.

These dangerous plans go against the advice of public health experts and economists alike, but perhaps the most glaring hole in them is a complete lack of accounting for child care.

[04/30/20]   Save the Date! June 1

Parents,

Finally, we have a projected date to reopen the center. June 1st we will be ready to get back to our "new normal." I know this has been a very challenging time for all of you. We are all concerned about doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy and safe. I have to admit, this situation has been the most challenging event in all of my 32 years at the center. I have looked to our licensing organizations (there are several) and they are struggling with the same issues, they simply have no detailed guidelines for child care centers. There are lots of suggestions, creative ideas, etc... But they are not offering anything specific.

We are working closely with Northwestern,
and a group of other center directors in our community to define what our best practice to reopen safely will look like. Through future staff meetings and working with our local resource folks, we will be ready to get back to what we do best, loving those children of yours!

I will have more information for you in the next week. Tonight, since this was just decided, I wanted you to know the June 1st date.

Please take care and stay safe,

Blessings,
Charlotte
3183478571

ksla.com

Essential employees in Louisiana now eligible for child care assistance

The state is reiterating the approval for essential workers to apply for assistance.

https://www.ksla.com/2020/03/23/child-care-assistance-available-essential-employees-louisiana/

ksla.com These families can access subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in the program, or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers.

parents.frogstreet.com

Frog Street for Young Learners – Resources for Parents

Parents, I know this link is long but it is for a free membership to Frog Street online academic resources. I hope it works, I did try it and was able to register with ease!

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ogrDgvy5SgcH30yqmYAvouILETp0Swj7D43W92BYawrIRYk-HEaZSYlKCFox13NgET0wgvZaEzLKjjgzLK2GAiklBEOcFUdWn0xlxZ876NZ6MGyjEFwnOyV4TPamP3WEOSA1o4nCyhdSh0qcxxewBLVA3DZvbNZG&c=fyAwdMwI1vYlTrRQ8HC8_4dMKNYXVCmSsDrArr6V-5V0yYQWx-Sldg==&ch=rnLiEr-EIz7MU3xiL9mSDvJP-aFvCO281DjBzQXl2k-10KwJbFH8rg==

parents.frogstreet.com

[04/24/20]   Hello All, We are beginning to hear from Governor Edwards’ office about the process to begin reopening child care centers throughout our state. There will be guidelines with additional plans we will follow. We are desperate to get back to our regular routine, but cannot do that without a clear understanding to follow the plans they are working on now with new regulations. They have not finalized those plans. They have no date in mind! When we hear from them with the steps they are recommending, we will immediately take action. I hope you are all well, we will continue to pray for a quick resolution. I will also continue to follow all of the zoom meetings where they give the latest updates. Take care, stay healthy, Blessings to you all!
Charlotte

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Smiles for Logan organized by Kenneth Willoughby

Several of our parents have started a Go Fund Me page for Logan. If you will please consider making a contribution to help this devastated family, we would all be deeply grateful...

gofundme.com We found out that one of our daughter's classmates, Logan, has been diagnosed with cancer. The fam… Kenneth Willoughby needs your support for Smiles for Logan

[04/12/20]   Happy Easter to all of you! Please continue to practice the social distancing recommendations, and stay safe from the weather today! We have no idea when we will be able to begin the process of reopening the center, I do know that we will! We continue to closely monitor this situation to make the safest decision. Stay tuned and be healthy! Blessings for this sacred holiday...

Good to know...

usatoday.com

Basketball stars teaching kids how to stay fit while at home

This is another cool thing we have access to!

usatoday.com SportsPulse: David Krichavsky, Senior VP of Youth Basketball Development for the NBA, explains a recent initiative aimed at keeping kids active and fit despite being home during the coronavirus outbreak.

FAITHLink Ministries

Join us in worship online for Palm Sunday and to hear Rev. Derek Joyce's sermon "Peace in Christ" at 10:00am at https://firstshreveport.com/media/contemporary

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Over 100 Museums, Libraries, and Galleries Are Offering Free, Printable Coloring Sheets

This is different, could be fun...

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Two wonderful things are happening for our school: Thank you to Jay Sawyer, our church Finance Manager, for funding a project to replace the carpet throughout our center. Thank you to Ray Brown for pursuing the need and realizing the opportunity while we are closed. Hat’s off to our committed, hard working church crew! We also have a new, chip-filled, and safe Toddler Playground to come back to. Thank you, Brett Radabaugh, Maintenance Supervisor, for his idea and organizing this project, and our crew of maintenance personnel to do all the heavy lifting! We are very blessed to be a part of this wonderful Church Family!

[04/01/20]   As this virus continues to spread in our city, we are not planning to reopen until we hear that it is safe to do so. This may mean we will remain closed through the month of April. It is impossible to project a specific date, this is a moving target and the data can change minute by minute. I can assure you that we will be back in service at some point. With North Louisiana reporting dramatic increases in cases, we must adhere to the stay home orders. None of us are immune, we are all vulnerable. Please stay safe, and healthy! Blessings, Charlotte

[03/31/20]   Information you will need to complete the CCAP application. Licensed Name of Center:
First Beginnings Child Dev Center Provider Number (TIPS):
020144036
License No.:
12422
Physical Address:
500 Common St, Shreveport, La. 71101 License Capacity:
135 Ages Served:
2mo-4yrs
City:
Shreveport Zip Code:
71101 Parish:
Caddo
Telephone:
318 4296890 E‐mail:
[email protected]
Employer Identification Number: 72-0977243

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This is the latest email today just so you can be as overwhelmed with info as I am! (we have to keep our humor)

Dear Providers:

The Louisiana Department of Education continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During these uncertain times for families and providers, we continue to work hard to eliminate as much inconvenience as possible in order for you to concentrate on keeping families and children healthy and safe. There will be another webinar on Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. See below for more details. Also, please see the latest newsletter attached.

· Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
· Webinar Link: https://ldoe.zoom.us/j/194281422
· Phone Number: 1-346-248-7799
· Meeting ID#: 194 281 422

The Provider Help Desk Team is here to ensure your CCAP concerns and inquiries are addressed timely and to provide you with the latest updates regarding processes during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please review this week’s updates below.

UPDATES:
Provider Certification: Certifications due to expire between March - May 2020 have been extended for three (3) months. Certifications expiring in March 2020 have been extended to May 2020; April 2020 provider certifications have been extended to June 2020 and May 2020 provider certifications have been extended to July 2020.

Client Redetermination Extension: Redeterminations for families with certification periods ending between March – May 2020 have been extended for three (3) months. March 2020 redeterminations have been extended to May 2020; April 2020 extended to June 2020 and May 2020 extended to July 2020.

CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Applications: We have received an influx of CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis applications. Applications are being processed in the order they are received. Determination notices are being sent to clients and providers notifying of application and payment status. Please review TOTS portal daily for addition of new certified COVID19 CCAP children.

Tracking of Time Service (TOTS) Scans: The protocol for preventive measures of COVID 19 recommends NOT using the Point of Service (POS) device to scan children in. Scanning prevents adhering to social distancing. If you are using the machine, it would need to be sanitized in between each scan. Staff signing children in is acceptable at this time as well as not allowing parents in child care centers and receiving children at the entrance of the center.

COVID-19 Questions: Questions may be submitted to your regional Program Specialist or [email protected].

Provider Ticket System: Make note of our Provider Ticket System for submission of CCAP inquiries and concerns.

COVID-19 Toolkit: LDOE has established a COVID-19 Toolkit for continual updates. Please visit the page daily to obtain the latest updates and notices of future webinars.

Thanks For All That You Do For The Children and Families of Louisiana

Tomeka Tate-Clayton
Program Specialist, Early Childhood – Child Care Assistance Program
Louisiana Department of Education
PO Box 260037
Baton Rouge, LA 70826
(225) 342-3138

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A little bit of who we are...

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a full-day Pre-School and Early Childhood Education Center. We are a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Downtown Shreveport, serving families with children ages 8 weeks through 5 years. All families are welcome! First Beginnings is a “3 Star”, "Type 3" Early Childhood Education center registered with the Louisiana Department of Education. Weekday childcare has been a part of First United Methodist Church since 1970. As the demands for quality childcare for young children in our community grew, we evolved into a full day preschool, and early childhood education center, While First Beginnings is a Ministry of First United Methodist Church, our program is non-denominational; open to families of all faiths throughout the community.

Parents, we know selecting a childcare center or preschool program can be a very frustrating experience! With so many options, it is hard to know just what will be right for your very special child. First Beginnings Child Development offers every child a loving and nurturing environment, a place that is stimulating; a place where every day has something special in store.

The First Beginnings Child Development Center’s program emphasizes interrelated areas important for the growth of the whole child; intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and creatively. Our staff bring collectively, an overwhelming number of years in Early Childhood experience. The teachers continue their own education to acquire a 2-year certification in Child Development. With past years of experience, and exposure to current education trends,we are prepared to meet the needs of each individual child. A love of learning is fostered through a Christian environment, rich in opportunities for growth. We strive to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity as they investigate, discover, and solve problems in their daily experiences. We can assist you by providing a nurturing, secure, fun, and challenging environment for your child while they are in our care. You can go to our web-site for more information and add your child to our waiting list.

https://firstshreveport.com/about/first-beginnings-day-school

Serving children 2 months through 4 years. Our hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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500 Common St. First United Methodist Church
Shreveport, LA
71101

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:30
Thursday 07:30 - 17:30
Friday 07:30 - 17:30
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