Dear Starling’s Loyal and Talented Staff,

I am so proud of every staff member, all of you who come to work with smiles and enthusiasm and love in your hearts during the worst crisis our USA has ever seen!

You have proven your loyalty and dedication to our children; your practice of safe and sanitary routines gives me and our families confidence that we will all stay safe.

I am writing to tell you that over the past 3 weeks I have been working behind the scenes to protect you and your jobs and your families.

It is my goal to keep everyone at Starling working so you can pay your bills, pay your mortgages, feed your families, and feel a sense of security and peace of mind!

It is also important that we all fight to keep our center open so when this crisis is over, we will continue our team effort to serve families for many years to come.

Please know that I have been meeting with state and national  child care associations to design initiatives and strategies to protect you!  Here is some of what we’ve been doing:

We chose to keep Starling open to serve “Essential Personnel”. Even though it is costly to do so, we believe that it is the right thing to do for everyone.

  1. Even before the Governor recommended it, I wrote a plan to keep our children and their teachers in their little “tribes” of under 10! And even though the child count has been low and we could combine multiple classrooms, we decided to have smaller ratios and keep teachers working and children physically contained to their homeroom.
  2. I have been working with National and Local lobbyists to promote the inclusion of child care workers in the President’s Stimulus Bill.  Within 3 weeks you should all expect some financial relief in the mail or your bank account.

If you want to read the entire 30-page summary of relief efforts for child care workers in the Stimulus Bill, it is in my office.  And if you have a specific need, maybe I can help you find out what assistance is available—just ask!

Finally, I am working with Don Goff and his USDA sponsoring organization to set up a Food Distribution Center in our parking lot As soon as all the paperwork is processed, this will not only help our families who are staying at home, it will also be opened to the surrounding community..

What this means for you is that Starling will be able to give you even more hours.  We’ll need drivers to pick up supplies, more time in the kitchen preparing meals, more help packaging food, help to “man” the food distribution tent, taking family information, documenting need, handing out food, refreshing supplies and whatever it takes to help our neighbors!!  I will keep you updated early next week.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!  Together we will get through this crisis.

Sincerely and with love,

Donna Goff, CEO


Dear Parents and Staff,                                    March 14, 2020

I’m writing with another update on the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Starling is open; however, as a form of social distancing, we are cancelling visits to our building and classrooms from outside parties, including extra-curricular associates. We also ask that parents wait in the front lobby for their children to be delivered to them at the end of the day.

Part of our health and safety plan are strategies to  contain each individual classroom “tribe” with the children and staff that they have been with all year. Just like in a family, each classroom “tribe” has built-in immunities.

We continue to be dedicated to helping provide a “safety net” for our “front line” parents who must go to work and require care for their children.

Of course, we will follow the guidelines of the Governor, the CDC, and the local health department. Things are changing almost hourly.   But for now, we know that we are doing what is responsible and right for our staff and families.


Donna Goff, CEO


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update     March 12, 2020

Starling International Child Care & Learning Complex is open. Student and staff health are of paramount importance to us at Starling International, and we have plans in place to respond should the situation change in the coming days. We have taken precautionary measures as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

  •  Daily sanitation processes
  • Controlled access
  • Increased hand-washing
  • Daily health checks

In addition, we have acquired anti-viral air purifying equipment, and we have additional staff coming on-board to provide continuity of care. We ask that you and your family follow the CDC’s recommendations by washing your hands often, staying home when sick, and taking additional steps to sanitize your home and surroundings. Students or staff with *symptoms of a cold will not be allowed in care.

We are deeply committed to the health and safety of our students and employees. We are monitoring and responding to health officials’ recommendations, and we will continue to keep you appraised of the situation.

*Sickness Symptoms

  • Fever, chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue, tiredness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
    *Not everyone with the Flu will have a fever

1. Stay at home until 24 hours after a fever (100 degrees or higher) is gone without using fever-reducing medicines.
2. If you suspect you have the Flu, stay at home 4-5 days after the on-set of symptoms, and after symptoms have improved. The Flu is most contagious during the first 3 days.
3. If you return to work with Sickness Symptoms, you will be required to bring a doctors note clearing you for work OR you will need to stay at home until 24 hours after the symptoms improved.

Ways to Avoid Sickness
1. Avoid close contact.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
4. Clean your hands.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
6. Get plenty of sleep, drink fluids, eat nutritious food.

We pick children up from the following schools:

Carver Elementary
Crestview Elementary
Dumbarton Elementary
Gayton  Elementary
Greenwood  Elementary
Holladay  Elementary
Jackson Davis Elementary
Johnson  Elementary
Mary Mumford Elementary
Maybeury  Elementary
Pemberton Elementary
Pinchbeck Elementary
Ridge Elementary
Skipwith Elementary
Springfield  Elementary
Three Chopt  Elementary
Maude Trevvett Elementary
Brookland Middle
Holman Middle
Moody Middle
Tuckahoe Middle
Quioccassin Middle

January 26, 2019 — Starling International Child Care & Learning Complex is presented the School Choice Leadership Award for 2019.

This award is in recognition of Starling’s tireless dedication toward providing all children with access to effective education options and for participation in the National School choice Week of 2019.


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