October 21, 2020
Planning for school starting
Children are our top priority and getting them in their online classes on time is a key to their success in life.
Noah's Ark continues to work with teachers, parents and children with their online classes and school work.
We create solutions for our families work and school schedules.
Safety procedures continue to be the best defense to COVID-19. We continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the State, CDC and WHO. These are the guidelines we use to setup our screening process - #StayStrongNC.
Please allow extra time when you drop off your child to Noah's Ark because our screening takes an extra minute or two. We thank you for your time and understanding.
Grace and Peace,
September 11, 2020
Remote Learning Center is off to a great start thanks to parents and their children making a great effort to move forward.
Apex United Methodist Church is the best partner to have with their high speed network and our wide band WiFi routers.
We can't say it has not started without any problems. At first some children were bringing in technology that would not support the WCPSS online learning tools. Now that WCPSS has almost distributed Chromebooks to all, getting to class is a breeze.
WCPSS has done a masterful job of determining what tools to use and distribute. Having taught in a computer lab, I know the difficulties that devices can present as well as how stable the network they log into is. WCPSS has spent millions to ensure the reliability of their network and we are making sure our children have a stable environment as well.
A lot of children are staying at home to complete their online learning and have been extremely successful. There are some who gravitate to old habits and just being lonely at home. We can help by giving you a two or three day program that won't break the bank. Yes, it is still expensive and we should not have to pay taxes and pay for our children to go somewhere to be supervised, but with COVID-19 around, we all can help each other.
We pray all families see their foundation and beliefs are built on timeless truth with Jesus Christ as proof of His Love. If we remain focused on what He wants us to do, we will see without the haze of intellectual dishonest and the drama of the world where we need to be. Lets keep going forward no matter what to make sure our children can build a better future.
Grace and Peace
Transforming Hurdles into opportunities
Most all our parents know we try to resolve situations created by others. In a normal day we dedicate ourselves to helping the children make wise choices so that when the opportunity comes up for them to make that life changing decision, they will recognize it, think about how it effects others and themselves, look at what God is trying to tell them about the opportunity and then make the right choice.
It is very simple sometimes and if we listen real close, He is always in control. We just don't think about the right thing. When have you made a bad decision in your childhood or in school? It is a "Village Effort".
Oh the hurdles that are placed in front.
July 30, 2020
We are working on providing online learning space to assist parents and the school system.
The schools are busy putting their plans together for every class and grade levels.
Please be patient as they formulate their game plan.
When we get their game plan we can have a plan for you with the appropriate staff. We want to make sure the staff is capable to assist the many grade level teacher's curriculum. We are also working within a budget to achieve a balance between the 11 different schools and 103 different classes are children are in.
If you have received your school's online class schedule for your child, please send it to email@example.com. We know some schools will send it to the parents first and then those who are assisting.
Thank you for your patience with the schools and Noah's Ark Childcare Services, Inc.
2020/2021 School Year
Thank you for your patience as we work through the best way for us to ensure the safety and health of your families and ours! We greatly appreciate all of the feedback we received through the survey and have used it to create camp options that we hope will suit your family’s needs. Please be aware that changes may be necessary depending on the school system and how the school year progresses.
While we don’t currently have a licensed K-8 teacher on staff, all of our high school and college aged staff have exceptional and above-average Grade Point Averages. The majority of our full-time staff have also completed college-level education courses.
We will continue to follow all CDC and NC DHHS recommendations for child-care facilities.
You can register online for all of the following services using the 'Reservations' tab on our website. Camp registration is currently open through December 2020. We will open the remainder of the school year once we have a better idea of what our school system will do.
We are currently offering after school for Thales K-5, Thales Jr. High, Peak Charter, and St. Mary Magdalene. If your child attends Peak Charter and will be joining us after school, please let us know if they will be attending Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Peak Charter and St. Mary Magdalene early dismissal pick-up is included. We will not be providing lunch for students on these days. If they do not have lunch time at school, please pack their lunch and we will ensure they have time to eat once they arrive at the church. You can find all after school pricing on our website.
We will be offering half day camp options August 17th through December 23rd! A decision will be made later on about the remainder of the year once we have a better idea what schools will do. You can choose 2, 3, or 5 days. When registering online, please put the days you will need, if not a full week, in the notes section on the registration form. The following prices are per week per child.
Full Week: $105
3 Days/Week: $90
2 Days/Week: $65
AM Half Day Camp: 6:45am-12pm
Drop off will be 6:45-8:30am and pick-up will be 11:45am-12pm. All morning half day camps will include time to complete schoolwork and any live online learning with our staff available to help. Your child will be required to bring their own device for schoolwork and headphones with a microphone. Live online learning times will need to be communicated with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will not be included.
PM Half Day Camp: 1pm-6pm
Drop off will be 1-1:15pm and pick-up will be 4-6pm. Afternoon half day camps will not include a schoolwork block. This option is best suited for families who would like for schoolwork to be completed at home and want their child’s time with us to be focused on social interaction and play time. Lunch will not be included.
Full Day Camps
Full Day Camps, with the exception of Track 4 Track-Out and WCPSS Holidays, will offer a combination of schoolwork and play time. Drop off will be 6:45-8:30am and pick-up will be 4-6pm. There will be blocks of time before and after lunch for children to complete any school work or live online learning with staff assistance. Based on what Wake County has communicated thus far, school work blocks will total 5-6 hours per day. This is subject to change if the county issues new information. We will always do our best to accommodate the needs of all of our kids. Your child will be required to bring their own device for schoolwork and headphones with a microphone. Live online learning times will need to be communicated with us by emailing us at email@example.com.
We will be offering partial week rates for the 2020/2021 school year. Full day camps will be available as 2, 3, 4, or 5 day weeks. When registering online, please put the days you will need, if not a full week, in the notes section on the registration form. Pricing for one day of camp will only be offered if in-person schools have one day out for teacher workdays/holidays. All of the following prices are per child per week.
School Starts Planning for the Unknown
July 23, 2020
Noah's Ark Childcare Services, Inc. continues to offer the best possible childcare around. We follow all CDC, NC Public Safety, and DHHS protocols. You child is safer at home but if you need to work we have a place. If you need a half day, we have a place. Adding online learning is an option but, WCPSS has not indicated any schedules for your child at this time and we do not know either.
We are attempting to plan for childcare while WCPSS initiates their plan of restarting the schools. It is very difficult due to all the complexities caused by COVID-19 and all the unknowns. Our first priority is to help children understand a little more about God and His Son. The second priority is safety.
ALL participants and anyone entering the building are required to answer the COVID-19 questions and have their temperature taken. If you answer yes to any question or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, you cannot enter the building and your child cannot participate. All children and everyone in the buildings are required to wear mask. Treating others the way they want to be treated means I don't want to hurt you or give you any of my germs, that is why I wear a mask. It is a free country, but not free to make others sick.
It is our belief that if we do everything to prevent, plan lots of outside activities, challenge the children with lots of activities and crafts, and help them learn more about how to help each other, we will all be better.
Noah's Ark started in 1994 and we will continue providing role models, relationship building and the best possible care for the children under in our care regardless of current situations.
Planning and Action
Noah's Ark Childcare Services, Inc. is under guidance from NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Government, Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Drilling down, we are following their guidelines and regulations for all our operations.
In the process of opening our services in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased risk. We are taking all the precautions set forth by the above agencies to prevent any spread of COVID-19 or any other virus. Our center is professionally sterilized every day and everything in it. We are preventing as much contact with any potential carries as possible.
There is not a childcare program in the world that can guarantee they can prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you ask the question, "can a childcare guarantee my child will not get COVID-19 from the childcare program", the provider has to ask you the question "if a child can spread the virus and never show any signs of the virus, how do you know they do not have the virus and are not the carrier"?
Here is what we know to be the facts.
Our children can unknowingly carry the virus if they come in contact with an infected person
People, including children, can carry the virus and never know it
The virus spread can be prevented if contact with the virus is prevented
Children are natural explorers as we were when we were growing up
It is a natural part of life that children will touch everything around them
The "5 second rule" does not count with viruses. It just take an instant
Viruses can be eliminated when outside the body by disinfecting or sterilizing
Children are naturally social and want to belong or fit in with others
Helping children learn about viruses should be done at home and not at childcare. We are focused on our mission.
Helping children understand how to prevent viruses spreading is for all
Our main goal is to help children build a better future by walking in Faith. The Faith that is the source for ALL character traits. It is through that Faith that we understand how to treat others the way we want to be treated. Respecting others is sometimes a hard thing to understand for a child. "Dad, grandpa used to love to take us fishing and do things outside. Why does grandpa not want us to come over anymore?" "Well if this COVID-19 virus was not so easy to spread, they would be taking you to the best and biggest fishing hole right now, but this virus thing, you cannot see and it is difficult for older people to recover from. We just need to keep loving them and respecting their wishes even though they want to be with you."
What are we doing to prevent the spread of viruses including COVID-19?
Education is key
Appropriate action as a result of education is imperative
Staff is required to follow all guidelines including their household being free of COVID-19
Everyday our center is being professionally sterilized
Pre-screening, entrance screening and monitoring throughout the day
We limit contact with all people including car pool line
We develop small groups of 10 to 15 and keep them out of contact from the other groups
All groups have separate bathroom breaks and the bathrooms are cleaned after every break
We have removed all outside field trips and lunch at public restaurants until we feel it appropriate
All families and staff are required to understand and abide by the State's rules and guidelines which you can see from the following with links
Noah’s Ark Update "The COVID-19 Virus"
With Prayers and trying to figure things out. “We are praying for all impacted by the virus as we work through our options for continued services to our clients”
It appears our area is in the acceleration phase of COVID-19 Pandemic. Our commitment is to continue to provide a valued service that keeps children engaged, safe and healthy. When going through situations such as this, Noah’s Ark will continue to make decisions that we feel will insure the safety and respect for our children and their families.
Looking ahead as the situation evolves, there is a very good chance Noah’s Ark will close. We will communicate as soon as any decision is made in reference to any of our services. Our main path of communication is this, MailChimp, and our website. As a part of our protocols we have accelerated all disinfecting procedures and instituted additional preventative measures for the spread of the virus. We are currently rescheduling field trips and lunch locations away from large venues such as museums and buffets. Activities in locations such as bounce houses will also be avoided.
If we are open and schools close, we are limiting our program to only 50 children. If anyone in your family shows signs of a virus, your child cannot come to camp. The best place for them is home. Thank you for understanding and we are sorry that we cannot take the risk.
If you are already registered for camp, you are guaranteed a spot which means if we have 20 registered for camp, only 30 more can sign up for camp. There will be no exceptions. If the schools close and for some reason your child will not attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can allow another child to come.
During this time our cancellation policy is revised. If you need to cancel please do it as soon as you can and there will be no payment due for service. We want to help all during this time of need.
Noah’s Ark will continue to try to provide the best possible care for your children being good stewards of what God has given us. Our most valuable tool to fight this is prayer.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we steer through this challenging situation one day at a time with the greatest of regard for you and all the families we serve.
Grace and Peace,
Bill Walker, President
Noah’s Ark Childcare Services, Inc.