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Creating and Implementing Policies with an Emphasis on Mental Health

by Mary Muhs
September/October 2022
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As a center director, I remember sending children home sick with a fever. I always dreaded the call to the family. How would they take the news? Would there be push back? Would they be worried about their employer’s response? Would they believe their child was ill? One day we had to send children home sick due to the flu. One family was clearly upset that their child was sick, since the child had felt fine in the morning. Another was very concerned about leaving work, since their employer was already commenting on how much work she had missed due to illness. As a single parent there was no other income. Yet another parent was sending the child’s grandparent for pick-up, and the child would be out the rest of the week since grandparents were visiting anyway. The fourth family had no one able to come for hours and asked, could we please keep the child at the center?

Every family responded differently. Some were visibly upset and others seemed unaffected. However, I knew they were all affected. How could they not be? While I could not change our center’s health care policy, I could change how I prepared for each ...

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