How Are You Handling The Coronavirus In Regard To Your Business?

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Ask Melinda is a Playvolution HQ column offering thoughtful answers to family child care questions written by Melinda Marshall.

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This week’s question:

How Are You Handling The Coronavirus In Regard To Your Business?

All The Family Child Care Providers And Others Who Have Been Reaching Out To Me

With everything going on with the Coronavirus, my head is jumbled and spinning. I can’t really wrap my head around anything else this week.

Other providers have been reaching out and asking me how I’m handling this in regard to my business and voicing their own concerns with me.

At the time of writing this, I’m still currently open. This could, however, change before this post is even published.

I’ve tightened up our illness policy and I am strictly following health and safety protocols for best practice.

I am trying to sift through a barrage of information and remain calm and levelheaded.

I’ve had to make some hard and emotional decisions. I will need to make more.

If there was ever a time for self care and grace, now is it.

There’s my advice. Yup, that’s all I got.

This is uncharted territory for ALL of us, and we’re all just doing the best we can.

If no one has told you yet…. your job as a family childcare provider is important. YOU are important. You matter. You are all superheroes in my eyes. I see you.

THANK YOU for the selfless tireless work you do every day.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to…. PLEASE reach out to me in the comments to this post or via social media so we can chat.

All my best,


Playvolution HQ has a whole section on self-care with over 100 links to original and curated articles related to self-care and change. Our ZOOM meeting platform is also available to groups of caregivers who want to connect via video or phone to talk about what’s going on. All you need to do is reach out and we can schedule something for your group.

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Owner at Mountaintop Family Child Care

Melinda lives in Upstate New York and is owner of her home based program, Mountaintop Family Childcare.

She has been a family child care provider for over 18 years and worked with children for over 27 years. Her program offers relationship based care that includes many aspects of farm life and nature/forest school with PLAY at the center of all they do. She firmly believes in slowing down childhood and allowing children to develop at their own pace.

Melinda believes family childcare programs offer unique settings that have much to offer to the early learning world. She strongly supports family providers in keeping a home like atmosphere in their programs. Backed by research, she continuously advocates for children's right to play.

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