We are excited to be hosting our annual MDA Hop-a-Thon.
The MDA Hop-a-Thon Program is an educational special event. We will feature disability awareness lessons and hands-on activities for children. On the last day, we hop to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can help by sponsoring your child.
Please contact your Program Director for more information and visit www.mda.org to see how you can help today.
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The mission of AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool has always been to create a safe environment that earns the trust of the children and families we serve. We are as dedicated to that mission now as we have ever been. AppleTree & Gilden Woods will continue to lead the industry in best practices during this time, a responsibility we do not take lightly.
As we move forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to take a moment and communicate the aggressive measures taken to assure you of our steadfast commitment to the health and safety of our AppleTree & Gilden Woods families.
Health & Hygiene
·Required team members to assure all children’s hands are washed upon arrival at the school.
·Performed temperature screenings of every child, parent/guardian, vendor and team member who enters the building. Children’s temperature will be taken again at lunch each day. Those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will not be allowed access to the school.
·Confirmed vender procedures for sanitizing and preventing the spread of illness prior to allowing them entry into the schools.
·Implemented a health screening for all parents, children and team members, those who display any of the following symptoms will not be allowed in the school:
oNew onset cough or worsening cough
oShortness of breath
oFever now or in the last 48 hours
·Advised team members that face coverings will be provided and they are strongly encouraged to wear one during their shift (unless otherwise required by the local health department).
Cleaning & Disinfecting
·Utilized disinfectant foggers are used twice a week in the school.
·Sanitized the school entry door handles with increased frequency between the hours of 6am-10am and 3pm-6pm.
Preparedness & Planning
·Increased janitorial supply purchases (i.e. soap, gloves, sanitizing solutions, etc.) and instructed the schools to store them in a locked space to monitor proper usage to ensure an adequate amount of materials will be available for future use.
·Canceled all upcoming parent involvement events to reduce the number of non-essential persons entering the school.
·Prohibited all non-vender visitors (i.e. guest readers, enrichment program providers, etc.).
·Canceled all non-essential gatherings (i.e. trainings, orientation, CDA, staff meetings, etc.) to reduce the number of non-essential persons entering the schools and Central Services.
·Created and implemented a Covid-19 Policy to include the following content:
oReinforced hygiene practices.
oIntensified cleaning and disinfecting efforts.
oAssessed the health of children, parents/guardians, vendors, and team members who enter the school.
·Created and implemented a COVID-19 Travel Policy to include the following content:
oRequired all families, vendors, and team members to complete a travel questionnaire.
oUpon completion, admin team members will assess the results and determine if/when they may enter the school.
·Suspended classrooms from implementing family-style meals, instructing one team member to serve all food to children.
·Implemented strategies for social distancing in the classroom including the following:
oLimit to two children in each learning center whenever possible.
oDo not have children wait in line for handwashing. Only have one child at a time at the sink.
oImplement handwashing songs that are at least 20 seconds long to support children’s learning of amount of time for washing hands.
oUtilize both mealtime tables to eliminate close physical contact for eating meals.
oOnly allow 2-3 children on an outdoor play structure at a time
oEliminate any curriculum component (i.e. circle time, large group, small groups) that involves children hugging, shaking hands or otherwise touching.
oOnly allow 2-3 children at a time for small group instruction. When the number of children in care changes, please adjust the total amount of children in each small group.
oEncourage children to eliminate physical contact as much as possible.
oCreate standing spaces to eliminate bunching together when lining up to go from one location to another (i.e. outside).
oEnsure that children’s rest mats are place at a minimum of 6 feet apart.
·Created and implemented a Child Drop Off and Pick Up Policy to include the following:
oParents/Guardians will drop off and pick up their child(ren) through classroom exterior/emergency exit doors to minimize the amount of people going in/out of the school.
·Created and shared several Frequently Asked Questions emails with all families.
·Notified team members on face covering expectations and provided them with the following information:
oThe correct way to wear and remove a mask.
oHow to introduce children to the concept of teachers wearing mask.
oHow to respond to children’s questions about masks.
We hope these actions give you peace of mind so you may remain confident in knowing that AppleTree & Gilden Woods is the best child care option for your child and family. Please know that our admin team members and Central Services office remains available should you have any questions or concerns. We welcome your feedback regarding our COVID-19 response.
Those who were nominated are part of the special bunch who go above and beyond for their work and the families they serve. We want to recognize those who still make a difference as a teacher and support our schools to better serve our community.
Lindsey DeMott-Walker West
Bethany Payne-Cascade 2
Katie MacDonald-Walker East
Lili Penny & Maggie Fenner-Otsego
Ariel Buckhannon-East Lansing
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We love our team members! They are passionate and full of excitement to come to work and serve our families. It is a pleasure to introduce one of our dedicated Program Directors from our New Hudson school. She is an amazing leader and role model. Thank you to her and our teams for all you do! #gildenwoods#detroitchildcare#teachersrock#GWleadershipteam
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Each year AppleTree & Gilden Woods award their top-performing schools the Golden Apple Award based on the Quality Assessment System. Corporate Quality Assessment representatives make quarterly visits to each location. These visits consist of classroom observations, building, and grounds examinations, teacher qualifications, and paperwork reviewing, and safety and sanitation inspections.
It is with great pride that we congratulate the recipients of our Golden Apple Award for 2019!
A huge round of applause to the following schools:
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Congratulations to Ms. Angie Grooms on becoming our “Best of the Bunch” winner for Winter 2020! “Best of the Bunch” highlights our best educator or caregiver who goes above and beyond with providing high quality education, care and customer service to families.
Ms. Angie is the Lead Infant Teacher at Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool in Haslett, MI.
“Not only does Angie set the stage for being an amazing nurturer while the children are in her room, but she maintains relationships with these children and their families throughout their journey through our school. Her warm and inviting personality reassures any new family that their children will be left in the best hands.”
Thank you Ms. Angie for all you do for the children and families you serve.
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AppleTree & Gilden Woods was honored by Michigan Celebrates Small Business on May 8th in Lansing at the Breslin Center. This prestigious award recognizes and honors Michigan Small Businesses and the people who advocate and support them. Thank you to our families, team members and administrative teams for all of your hard work and dedication to our schools.
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Our newest location in Commerce Twp has won Hulafrog’s 2019 Most Loved award for best local preschool. This award honors local businesses that parents adore most. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to Hulafrog for this honor and to our awesome Commerce Twp Community for your votes!
Hulafrog is a website and newsletter for families to connect with local events and businesses and keep them integrated into their communities.
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Each year AppleTree & Gilden Woods awards their top performing schools the Golden Apple Award based on the Quality Assessment System. Corporate Quality Assessment representatives make quarterly visits to each location. These visits consist of classroom observations, building and grounds examinations, teacher qualifications and paperwork reviewing, and safety and sanitation inspections.
It is with great pride that we congratulate the recipients of our Golden Apple Award for 2018!
From Left to Right: Howell, Hudsonville, East Lansing, Walker East, Knapp Corner, Haslett, Cascade, Walker West, New Hudson, Standale, Caledonia, Rockford, Kentwood, Grandville, Holland. Not Picture: Grand Ledge
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AppleTree & Gilden Woods has been named “Best of GR Child Care Provider” by Grand Rapids Magazine readers! The public vote took place online during the summer and early fall of 2018. Thousands of votes were cast to name the favorites in several categories including: food, drink, entertainment, shopping, and childcare.
For the fourth consecutive year AppleTree & Gilden Wood’s families have shown their appreciation for the high-quality care and early education that the schools provide to the community by voting them Best of GR. The 13 Grand Rapids area schools are specifically designed to enhance learning. Age-specific programming fosters engaging and interactive learning and promotes Kindergarten readiness and future school success.
Quality care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children is provided from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Visit our website today to schedule a tour at a location near you.
“Thank you AppleTree and Gilden Woods families! We are honored to receive the ‘Best Child Care Provider of Grand Rapids Award.’ We are proud to know we have earned Grand Rapids parents’ trust. Without you, this would not be possible. We are forever thankful for your continued support and pushing us to be the best we can be,” said Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, Founder/CEO.
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