In response to the Health Commissioner’s St. Louis City Stay-At-Home Order, Cornerstone Center will remain closed until April 23, 2020.

The Health Commissioner’s full Stay-At-Home Order may be read here. The order is in effect from 6pm March 23, 2020, and will continue until 6pm April 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. The intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We have an action committee that is continuing to meet (virtually) during this period, and we will be communicating often and with transparency to keep parents, teachers, staff and all of our Cornerstone family apprised of any developments in this ever-changing environment. Additional information will be shared on a regular basis through our Facebook page (@cornerstonecenterstl) and via email.

Cornerstone will be continuing to pay our staff through April 23, 2020. During our mandated closure, Cornerstone staff will focus on staying connected with the families we serve to assess and support their needs however possible, and on completing online training and development opportunities.

We are asking families to continue paying tuition during this period as well unless doing so creates a financial hardship. If this is the case for your family, please email Toni.

To make your tuition payment, please:

  • Call our new Executive Director, Karen Lucy, M-F 9am-3pm at (314) 825-2950 to submit credit card information, or
  • Mail a check to Cornerstone at 3901 Russell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO, 63110. Payments will be processed on the following Wednesday.

Speaking of Karen, click here to read the press release announcing Karen Lucy as Cornerstone’s new Executive Director. At this time we also want to share available resources that can assist families who might be struggling during this period of uncertainty.

RESOURCES

Contact information for other Cornerstone parents who have chosen to share their contact information has be distributed via email to Cornerstone families. 

Cornerstone has distributed an opt-in family contact list so that parents have an additional support network in one another, in addition to the support Cornerstone will work to continue to provide, during Cornerstone’s closure. If you would like the contact list but have not received it, email Dani.

Food and supplies such as diapers, wipes and more will be available for pickup by Cornerstone families weekly on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Items that will be available at no cost to Cornerstone families (while supplies last) 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!

Food is also being offered at no cost by the following groups. We recommend calling first to confirm availability.

  • SLPS School Sites for Student Meal Support
  • Crazy Bowls and Wraps: (314) 533-9727
  • Trinity Episcopal Church: 314-361-4655 x6 (Walk-ins may be available at 600 N Euclid Ave.)
  • Chef Tai Davis: 314-757-0605
  • Urban League: 314-657-3654
  • Central Reform Congregation: 314-361-1564
  • Food Pantries searchable by location at foodpantries.org
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis can provide additional resources at 2-1-1 or 211.org

Diapers, wipes and/or formula is also being offered at no cost by the following groups. We recommend calling first to confirm availability.

  • Queen of Peace: 314-531-0511
  • Project Downtown St. Louis at 6809 W. Florissant Ave.: (314) 556-0938
  • New Northside Conference Center at 5939 Goodfellow: (314) 363-5883
  • My Life Medical and Resource Center: 636-495-6566 or 636-575-6581
  • St. Vincent De Paul: Call 211 or 314-535-9794
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis can provide additional resources at 2-1-1 or 211.org

Education and Activities

  • Charter is offering free access to internet for households with children: 1-844-488-8395
  • Scholastic is opening its digital hub of learning tools for free for kids to take while out of school
  • The editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines have also launched a collection of kid-friendly resources for learning about coronavirus
  • Tinkergarten is a fabulous website loaded with ideas for our families
  • Here are some fun activity ideas shared by Cornerstone friend, Angela Keller:
    • Cook something with your child. Let them stir and help count the items that go in.
    • Read with your child on your lap
    • Go for a walk in the fresh air
    • Color scavenger hunt. I spy something red.
    • Find something with 1, 2 etc
    • Roll the ball or play catch
    • Help to wipe the table and set the table
    • Give each child a lysol wipe and have a contest to see how many light switches and handles they can count/wipe. Are there more switches or handles?
    • Sort your books in piles (color, topic, size)
    • Use recyclables to build a leprechaun trap
    • Play dominos
    • Use chalk and bubbles outside
    • Make play dough
    • Search for flowers and color them on a paper
    • Compare the leaves you find
    • Use old magazines and catalogs and make a book of letters with scissors and glue.
    • Cut words off of the boxes to add environmental print to your book (Frosted Flakes)
    • Trace your shoes and compare sizes
    • Learn to tie your shoes, ride a bike, match socks, and more!

Some other great resources for information and support during this time are:

Again, we regret any difficulty this may cause Cornerstone families and are working to offset such challenges to the best of our ability. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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.