April Showers Bring May Flowers

As many Michigan families are able to Stay Safe and Stay Home many families still need to go out into our communities as "essential workers". Tams Sunshine House wants to remind families if you are in need of child care we are a telephone call away from reliable child care services. We have everyone of you in our thoughts and prays every day. Thank you for all that you do for our communities.

Ms. Tam

Happy Easter Week!

Tams Sunshine House is committed to helping limit the effects of COVID-19. Please know that we are keeping those affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our thoughts while we closely watch the evolving situation. We are currently open, and we are in a day by day status: Essential Workers only at this time per Executive Orders.

Tams Sunshine House will be closed as normal for Good Friday, April 10, 2020~ and like everyone else Staying Home and Staying Safe!

Thank you,

Ms. Tam

Screening Policy

Attention Parents:

Due to the level of potential exposure to COVID-19 that because we all have been deemed “Essential Workers”; MDHHS has requested that all child cares limit the amount of additional exposure to the facilities. One way we have chosen to implement this is by allowing parents into the entry way porch but not into the second house door to the main facility without screening. You will be meant and greeted at that door and your child’s temperature taken to help evaluate their health and yours. Once your child’s health has been deemed within the MDHHS standards you may then leave for the day. If you child has any of the following they will not be admitted to care for the day and until they are clear of any symptoms below: This will be strictly enforced~

The screenings criteria includes:

· Symptoms of a respiratory infection,

· such as fever of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or higher,

· severe cough and/or shortness of breath unrelated to a chronic condition.

· Visual signs runny nose, tiredness, or any visual signs of distress

“Dr. London of the Kent County Health Department said people with a fever would not be allowed to enter a childcare facility until they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medications, seven days have passed since the onset of severe coughing and/or breathing difficulties, and symptoms have improved.” (WWMT 3).

· Tams Sunshine House will now be using Dr. London’s recommendations throughout the remainder of this outbreak. Our policy on Temperature remains the same 100.1 or greater is not permitted.

· We ask that parents enter onto our porch and get their child ready to come into the program

· We will take a quick forehead temperature to verify that the child is fever-free.

· We ask that parents do not enter into the main house without having been screened themselves. The house screen door will be locked for everyone safety. If this is an issue, please speak with Ms. Tam

Thank you for your help,

Ms. Tam

**Per State of Michigan Executive orders 2020-16-21 and MDHHS

The month is coming to an end finally~

March has been a very stressful month from learning about the COVID-19 virus to moving the childcare into a day by day operation to being ordered by the Governor to only provide care for "essential workers".

I want to say thank you to all of our wonderful parents and your generous uplifting and pleasant attitudes during this outbreak. I know that many nights I sit and just pray for all of us. We just have to remember to keep moving forward~ yesterday is done and tomorrow is a new day.

I look forward to getting the childcare back on track with new ideas for summer activities that will be centered more around the child care verses out in the public due to the unknown effects of this virus. This might seem over protective, but this is the new world we live in we need to beware of our surroundings and exposures to the outside world.

Thinking of all of you stay safe~

Ms. Tam

March 26, 2020

March has been a real roller coaster ride! I can honestly say that it has never crossed my mind that I would be in a position that I would need to write almost daily notices to families that begin with this statement:
Tams Sunshine House is committed to helping limit the effects of COVID-19. Please know that we are keeping those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) in our thoughts while we closely watch the evolving situation. We are currently open and we are in a day by day status: “Essential Workers Only”
Tams Sunshine House has everyone in our thoughts and prayers daily. I truly pray that this “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is lifted as soon it is safe for everyone. If you are an Essential Worker in need of childcare we do have space available. Know that we are following the recommendations of the Michigan Department of Health Human Services and CDC to maintain a safe environment for everyone in our program.

Stay Safe~please only travel if essential

Ms. Tam

New and Improved Website!

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Hello friends! We have just completed quite a few changes to the website that give more information that you need much easier than trying to find it!

Ms. Tam

Stay At Home Order – Effective 3-24-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.”

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page.

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders.

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT).

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM – 5PM daily.

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/.

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

On A Serious Note

We’ve all seen the shortages on toilet paper and cleaners just in case. We’ve last heard the devastation in other countries. We’ve all seen shelves empty for the first time in our lives with the exception of a short term weather-related occurrence.

We’ve bantered back and forth about it’s a cold, it’s a flu and quit panicking. We’ve seen the comments about hoarding toilet paper and masks causing the current problem. We’ve seen the stock market go up and down like a roller coaster and causing issues.

While we hope for the best and prepare for the worst with this unknown virus remember to be kind to others. Remember to keep it together even when we might feel like falling apart. It’s who we are as Parents and Child care Providers. We have perfected skills to lead children to safety during tornadoes calmly. We’ve learned to stay calm during inspections in our workspaces while falling apart on the inside. We’ve dealt with illnesses.

We’ve probably all ran all the scenarios in our heads a million times. What if we can’t get toilet paper because the toilet paper factory is behind. What if we are in forced closure for 3 weeks? What if a family comes in with it? What if we get it? What if we have to start over? So many questions and no answers.

We can all do this as Parents and Child Care Providers together. We will have another experience to share and encourage others how we got through it. If nothing happens we can share the experiences of not having to buy toilet paper for a year and how everyone learned to wash hands. Then we can all look at each other and be in shock that in 2020 we had to show people how to wash hands properly.

Stay safe. Watch for “allergies.” Keep us posted on how everyone is doing. ❤️ But the bottom line is Wash your hands, Clean surfaces regularly, be smart if someone just came into the country from vacation maybe you should not hang out with them for 14 days! Be Smart because no one likes being told at the door “sorry your child is too sick to come to child care today”

TAMS SUNSHINE HOUSE RESPONSE COVID19

Tam’s Sunshine House is committed to helping limit the effects of COVID-19. Please know that we are keeping those affected by Corona-virus (COVID-19) in our thoughts while we closely watch the evolving situation.

Tams Sunshine House will remain open during this crisis as part of the essential workforce. If you know of someone who needs odd hour care and they are listed on the essential workforce list please let them know we are here to help them during this time of crisis we need them on the front lines.

Tams Sunshine House will always put our current clients first and our staff when making any decision that are or might seem risky to the average individuals. No worries we are the calm in the storm, we do not run from messy stuff, we ask for help and keep moving forward!

We appreciate each and every one of our families!

Ms. Tam