In response to the coronavirus public health emergency, Cornerstone Center remains closed until June 15.

First and foremost, thank you for your patience and greatly appreciated support during these unprecedented times.  It is the goal of Cornerstone to remain forthcoming with information to the families and staff as we transition from a stay at home order to the gradual reopening of businesses.  As the city of St. Louis develops plans for phase 1 of reopening of businesses, Cornerstone remains committed to the safety of families and staff.

Reopening

Thank you to all families who have completed the survey regarding reopening.

As we prepare for reopening on Monday, June 15, we have gathered protocols from various authorities including the CDC (Center for Disease Control), Missouri DHSS (Department of Health and Senior Services), South City Providers Network, and United 4 Children. Based on the recommendations of these authorities Cornerstone Center for Early Learning is developing a customized protocol that will include the universal early childhood best practices for safety in conjunction with additional safety practices best suited for Cornerstone. These protocols cover entry into the center, cleaning schedules, staffing patterns for classrooms, and mealtime procedures. The final protocol will be shared by Friday May 22, 2020.

The date for a safe and comfortable reopening was considered a priority by the action committee. This committee was developed prior to the closing of Cornerstone and consists of intentional members. The committee consists of Karen Lucy (Executive Director), Toni Jackson (Center Director), Dani Smith (Development Director), Darcy Smith (Board President), Andy Bredemeyer (Board Vice President) and Dr. Jennifer Ladage (Board Member and Medical Consultant). The group has met virtually to perform status assessment along with development of necessary and immediate action plans.

In order to move to the next step, we need to plan for accurate numbers in the buildings to abide by the safety of social distancing. We need your help! If you have not completed the survey, please do so ASAP to help plan proper staffing for a June 15, 2020 reopening. The link to the survey is here. The answers from this survey will guide our plan for staffing each individual classroom.

Tuition

In consideration of everyone’s patience and love for Cornerstone and in conjunction with funding awarded to Cornerstone from the CARES act, we want to notify ALL families beginning April 20, 2020 tuition is suspended until the date of reopening. We WILL continue to pay staff during the closure. For the families that paid toward current tuition between the weeks of March 23-April 13, you will receive a credit on your account awaiting you at reopening. Families who may wish to donate money to Cornerstone in lieu of tuition may contact Dani Smith, Director of Development at dsmith@cornerstonecenterstl.org.

Resources

  • Food and supplies will be available for pickup by Cornerstone families each Monday during the closure between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Memorial Day Holiday we will not have a pickup scheduled on Monday May 25. Items that will be available at no cost to Cornerstone families include diapers, wipes, food, activities for little ones, and more. (We will have measures in place to maintain social distancing.) Please come by to pick up any items you may need! Items are available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you have a specific need and have been unable to find a way to have that need met, please contact Karen Lucy at klucy@cornerstonecenterstl.org, she will try to connect you with an appropriate resource.
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis is the coordinator of local resources and can be reached by phone at 2-1-1 or online at 211.org
  • To learn how to make No-Sew Masks, click here.

At Home Resources

As we all begin to think about life after the stay at home order we want to share some resources to help you prepare your child. The article “What Comes Next?” gives ideas of how to talk to your child about potentially returning to school and re-establishing bedtime and wake up routines. Please note we have not finalized the specifics of new drop off and pick up routines, but there will be changes for the safety of all at CCEL.

United 4 Children also has provided ideas for social emotional development, learning at home, and much more. Those resources can be accessed here

And finally, since we have not been in school during the stay-at-home order, our teachers have been unable to developmental screenings on their normal. We invite you to visit this site where you can complete a free Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) for your child. If you have access to a printer or can save and send us the results that would be helpful. If not, it will at least help you to see where your child is currently.

As always: Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

If you have any questions, please contact Toni at tjackson@cornerstonecenterstl.org.

Postponement of Celebration for Children

In response to recommendations from public health officials and government authorities around COVID-19, Cornerstone Center for Early Learning has made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone our 26th Annual Celebration for Children, originally scheduled for April 18, 2020 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our supporters and friends, and are working to select a new date that protects the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and community as soon as we have adequate information to do so.

Although our event will not happen on April 18, the needs of the families and children that rely upon Cornerstone Center for childcare, education, diapers and wipes, formula, food, and access to community resources will remain when this pandemic has ended. Our staff is working diligently to maintain support for our families in the weeks to come and also to make sure that we have the resources to continue doing so after this crisis is over.

If you are in a position to offer financial support during this tumultuous time, we deeply appreciate your continued investments in Cornerstone’s mission. Your donations can be made through Facebook or through our donation page. Your contributions go directly toward continued supports for Cornerstone families and to maintaining the employment of our teachers and staff during this time of need.

Information will be updated here as we have it and on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding as Cornerstone perseveres on behalf of the families and children that we serve.