24 Mar ReadyKids Preparing for Coronavirus in Charlottesville

ReadyKids Preparing for Coronavirus in Charlottesville

ReadyKids made the difficult decision to suspend all program activities effective Monday, March 16th.  As always, our first priority is on the health and well-being of our participants and staff. In our day-to-day work, our staff meets with many members of our community. The risk of us unknowingly spreading the virus to others while doing this work is high.

This has not been an easy decision to make as we know that participants rely on our support.  But, in light of the guidance from the CDC and the recommendation for social distancing, it would be irresponsible of us to continue providing programming at this time.  As of right now, per Governor Northam’s order, the ReadyKids building will remain closed until June 10.  We are reevaluating programming on a week-by-week basis and making any needed changes or updates based on the most recent information.

For participants in ReadyKids programs

Our building will be locked, but to continue meeting the needs of our participants, ReadyKids staff will maintain contact with participants through virtual means (phone, email, video chat) until we can resume face-to-face services.  We will be staffing our phones and the Teen Counseling Program 24/7 Hotline.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Instagram for special virtual programming and activities.  Also, check out our online ReadyKids Read-A-Thon of ReadyKids staff reading children’s books out loud.

We also recognize there will be many children and families who lose a primary source of support without the daily presence of our local public school systems.  In light of this, we have gathered resources families can reach out to for basic needs when schools are closed.  We are following the community’s responses to COVID-19 very closely and we will continue to update our website as the situation develops.

How to Discuss Coronavirus with your Kids

News of coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere in Charlottesville, from the front page of all of the papers to the playground at school.  Children need caretakers to speak with them in honest, age-appropriate ways to reassure them that they are safe.  Here are some great resources on how to speak to children about the Coronavirus.

  • Child Mind Institute Talking About Coronavirus with Kids
  • PBS How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
  • NPR A Comic for Kids about the Coronavirus (most appropriate for kids age 5+)
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 We will update this webpage as we gain more information.

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