During the spring of 2020, Children's Village was open every day. It was the height of COVID-19 infection in the area, yet the Doylestown Health childcare center remained available to serve health system and community families through this difficult time. Strict infection prevention protocols, including vigorous cleaning and handwashing requirements, paid off—and not one student or staff member contracted the virus.
However, 2020 was not through challenging Children's Village.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, an EF2 tornado ripped through the Hospital campus, devastating the buildings that housed the beloved 35-year-old childcare center. Thanks to brave, quick-thinking staff and first responders, all the children and staff came through the ordeal safely. Children's Village director, Teri Windisch, expresses sincere gratitude to all those who put their safety on the line and helped save the day.
Generosity and Gratitude
Teri also expresses tremendous gratitude to the administration of Doylestown Health, whom she described as having “moved heaven and earth” to secure a new temporary facility to relocate Children's Village. The childcare center reopened one week to the day after the tornado struck, just a few miles north of the Hospital campus at 4139 Ferry Road, Doylestown.
With the new building in place, it was then the community and CV families who stepped-up and blew everyone away, according to Teri, with "overwhelming generosity." Donations of new toys, crafts, games and equipment poured in, as did monetary gifts that helped put Children's Village back on its feet so quickly.
Children's Village is Fully Operational in its New Location
Teri emphasizes that Children's Village is honoring all commitments to provide childcare and face-to-face Kindergarten, scheduled to begin on August 31. According to Children's Village business manager Tami Meisle, there is so much interest in Kindergarten enrollment that an additional eight-child class may be added.
Keeping Staff and Children Safe
Teri and Tami stress that the new location offers ample space to socially distance. Other COVID-19 precautions include:
- Reconfigured classroom environments
- Reduced class size
- Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces
- Regular hand washing
- Adults and children will wear masks
- Strict respiratory etiquette observed
Welcoming Community and Doylestown Health Associates Families
Children's Village is a "play-based" program where the children choose activities based on their interests and use play as a context for learning. Appointments are available for tours to see the new space, meet the teachers and talk about the philosophy and curriculum.
The prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) fully accredits Children's Village. Both the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Education also licenses Children's Village. Children's Village maintains a STAR-4 rating (the highest available) in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Quality Initiative.
Schedule a Tour or Inquire About Enrollment
We would be thrilled to meet with you and your child and show you around our facility to explain our nationally accredited program. Please contact us at email@example.com or 215.345.2678 to schedule a visit.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 239 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.