June 4, 2020
With the existing restrictions on space and a 6 ft distancing requirement, our clubs have had to make another set of challenging adjustments to our operations. Our Clubs continue to stay committed to the youth in our communities and have begun the training and processes needed to become fully licensed by the state for child care. This will allow us to be able to provide full day care to families this summer and possibly into the fall. Not knowing how the fall semester will look in schools around the nation, The Boys & Girls Club of Harford & Cecil Counties wants to be ready to help the families in our community with both full-day care programs and state scholarships. As restrictions are lifted and closer contact is allowed we will be able to serve more kids and teens with traditional BGC programs. We are also planning to provide virtual programs, “telementoring” and BGC On the Go bags to our current members thanks to the generosity of our friends at APGFCU. Moving in this direction as an organization will continue to allow us to fulfill our mission of inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Unfortunately, this means our Clubs will not be operating our regular summer programs this year; Camp Hidden Valley and the Summer Enrichment Program.
Our clubs will temporarily suspend services at the end of the day on June 5, 2020. We anticipate the licensing process to be completed during the next couple of weeks and have slated July 6, 2020, our anticipated re-open date. During this service interruption, we ask that parents fill out the quick 5-minute pre-qualification form at https://bit.ly/304EBwl to find out if you qualify for the Maryland Child Care Scholarship. This will allow us to quickly communicate with families giving details, direction, and aiding all who need guidance on the application process so we’re all ready at the beginning of July. Our desire is to serve as many families as possible, especially those that need our programs the most.
We thank you for your support and allowing us to care for your children. Our desire to move our mission forward through the nation’s uncertain time stems from the passion we have for our kids. We know that the kids love and thrive in our clubs. We know our youth development staff is dedicated to our mission and are excited about their work with the children and teens in our clubs. We know the future might look different but our clubs will continue to serve those who need us most.
March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority. Following the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s important that you know The Boys & Girls Club of Harford & Cecil Counties is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from its spread. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Harford and Cecil County Public Schools and our local health department for all updated information. In addition, we have ordered more cleaning supplies and sanitizing wipes so that each club can clean surfaces and touch points more regularly and diligently.
In the event that COVID-19 impacts schools in Maryland, The Boys & Girls Club follows the same closing announcement as Harford & Cecil County Schools.
As a reminder, we recommend these preventive actions every family should take to prevent exposure to COVID-19.
At this time, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine. Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact your branch director directly. Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.