Emergency Care
For Essential Workers

serving children 8 weeks to 12 years old

Guidepost Montessori sees the need for our health care professionals, first responders, and other essential workers to have reliable, safe, and loving childcare so that they can focus on their critical mission of caring for and maintaining our community and those who are ill. For these families, we are ready to step in to fill this need, and to provide your children with quality care while you work. We have developed this just for you, and so you can help others in need!

Guidepost Montessori sees the need for our health-care professionals, first responders, and other essential workers to have reliable, safe, and loving childcare so that they can focus on their critical mission of caring for and maintaining our community and those who are ill. For these families, we are ready to step in to fill this need, and to provide your children with quality care while you work.

Supporting Our Essential Workers

As the United States mobilizes to contain the spread of COVID-19, to treat those infected, and to ensure the ongoing wellbeing of everyone else temporarily isolated due to the need for social distancing, it is and will increasingly be challenged by an emerging crisis in childcare capacity. In particular, the essential workers needed to successfully address this pandemic themselves need to be able to rely on accessible, reliable, and consistent childcare for their own children—both to physically allow them to focus on the task at hand, and to ensure the peace of mind necessary to complete that task effectively.

Program Offering

Guidepost Montessori is offering Emergency Care for Essential Workers (ECEW) to “essential workers” seeking childcare services in order to remain focused on their own critical work.

If you’re among these people, please let us know if you’re interested in our program. The program will be offered both to qualifying families currently in the Guidepost network, and outside qualifying families who lack other childcare alternatives. Care will be provided in small group cohorts on-site at our existing licensed Guidepost locations. Care will be available for children ages 8 weeks to 12 years old. Additional childcare programming may be developed for families who are not local to one of our existing campuses.

Childcare options include:
  • Flexible drop-off options at one of our existing Guidepost Montessori schools.

  • Montessori programming creating a serene and calm environment for children.

  • Diligently following safety and sanitization requirements and recommendations given by the CDC.

About Guidepost Montessori and Higher Ground Education

Guidepost Montessori is a school network owned and operated by Higher Ground Education. We are dedicated to mainstreaming and modernizing Montessori education worldwide. We operate nearly 50 schools that directly serve over 3,500 families, along with extended offerings such as Montessori nanny shares and placements. Our world-class educators and nannies are trained in-house through a nationally accredited Montessori teacher-training institute.

For more information, please read through our frequently asked questions, fill out our contact form, email the emergency care teamemail us at emergencycare@guidepostmontessori.com or call us at 855-444-1442. If you are interested in being an Emergency Care worker, please see all of our locations and open positions on our job board.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does this program cost?

    Given the circumstances and critical needs, pricing for the Emergency Care program is significantly less than our existing tuition rates. Please contact your nearest campus for specific tuition information.

  • What are the program’s operating hours?

    The schools will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but we will consider extending hours based on the local community needs.

  • What age range will this program serve?

    Childcare options will depend on the school site. Across our network, we currently serve children from 8 weeks to 12 years old.

  • What will children be doing during the day?

    On most days, children in a Montessori classroom engage in many different learning activities. Some of these activities include working with the teacher, individually, or in small groups and choosing to work with materials that interest them. Circle time, snack and outdoor play are also included both in the morning and afternoon.

  • Will this be a Montessori program?

    Yes! While the circumstances require some flexibility to the Montessori approach, all of our programming will be grounded in our Montessori principles. This translates to a personalized learning experience that meets your child where they are and takes them to where they want to be. Students will engage in Montessori-based work that encourages independence and concentration as well as whole-class activities such as art, songs, stories, and outdoor play. From academic readiness—including language, math, sensorial, cultural, and practical life advancement—to developing strong and meaningful social skills, Montessori provides children with a foundation on which to thrive.

  • What is an “essential worker?”

    An essential worker can be defined as someone who is employed within one of the following categories:

    • All services needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

    • Health care operations (e.g. hospitals, urgent care, private physician offices) and essential infrastructure.

    • First responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, transit personnel, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel.

    • Other food and cleaning supply services such as grocery stores, food banks, and convenience stores.

    All other essential services including businesses that provide shelter and social services, gas stations, media services, veterinarians, repair service providers, banks and related financial institutions and all other services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

  • What are your health and safety procedures?

    Emergency Care for Essential Workers by Guidepost Montessori adheres to all guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health departments. Administrative staff will complete wellness checks and daily health screenings and will systematically follow regulations regarding infection control practices, including routine disinfection of all classroom materials, surfaces, and playground equipment. We will also ensure that there are no more than 10 individuals in any classroom, that groups do not mix, that outdoor shoes are not worn in the classroom, and that children and their belongings are adequately spaced to allow for social distancing. If you would like to see a complete list of health and safety procedures, please contact your school. It is our absolute mission to ensure the safety of your children and our staff.

  • Are you looking for employees for your ECEW classrooms?

    Yes! If you are interested in being an Emergency Care worker, please see all of our locations and open positions on our job board.

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