Sunday, March 29, 2020

Big News for Essential Workers

At this time details are in the process of being worked out. 

If you are classified as an Essential Worker 
and are in need of childcare services 
please contact us starting: 
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Phone (704) 398-1616   -OR-

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Stay at Home Proclaimation

Mecklenburg County issues ‘stay at home’ proclamation as COVID-19 cases climb to 142

“COVID-19 does not recognize boundaries. We must be vigilant,” county officials said.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County issued a stay at home proclamation Tuesday in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mecklenburg County is reporting 142 positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of noon Tuesday.

County officials say the stay at home proclamation will take effect at 8 a.m. Thursday and will run through April 16. The proclamation will allow residents to go to the grocery store, go to restaurants for takeout, and go outside to “be in nature for exercise," among several other things.

Under the proclamation, residents will also be able to pick up medication, visit a healthcare facility, support a friend or family member, help someone get necessary supplies, walk pets, and seek veterinary care.

Storytime for Kids at Home

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library


Just because we’re practicing social distancing, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on storytime. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that help your child grow into a successful reader. That’s why we’ve added online storytimes for children to enjoy! These stories have been handpicked by our Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s children’s librarians. Many of our storytime videos include active reading tips, booklist suggestions, discussion questions and book related activities to enjoy after the video.


To view our online storytimes, click here.


Looking for more? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers many educational digital resources to encourage learning and play. All are FREE with your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Card! Need to get a virtual Library card? Click here! Library cards are free for Mecklenburg County residents and $45 for residents outside the County.


Click here for our full digital resources list.


Tax Information

Scholastic GO!


Scholastic GO! contains more than 115,000 articles covering every core-curriculum subject. The articles and their illustrations are derived from the content of seven Scholastic encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science. Click here to learn more. 




TumbleBooks Library gives you free access to dozens of children’s books and videos using any web-enabled device. Kids can safely browse the catalog and read story books by their favorite authors. All books are instantly available, with no need to place a hold or check them out.  Find more details here.  





TumbleMath is a collection of talking math picture books!  Books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes. Click here to learn more.

Teen Book Cloud

Got a teen in the house? Check out TeenBook Cloud.


TeenBookCloud is a robust collection of e-books, graphic novels, enhanced novels, classic literature, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks.  This collection is always available!  Learn more here.

Just a reminder:  With the closure, all programs and Outreach are cancelled, and materials/drop boxes are also closed--but remember all checkouts and returns are extended until we re-open, so no fines will accrue during this time.


If you need additional help, please visit the online chat on the Library website at and click on “Ask a Librarian” between the hours of 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Gov. Cooper Orders More NC Businesses to Close

By 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the following must close:

  • Bingo Parlors
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Ice Skating Rinks
  • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)
  • Health Clubs
  • Indoor Pools
  • Live Performance Venues
  • Movie Theaters
  • Roller skating Rinks
  • Spas
  • Sweepstakes Lounges
  • Video game arcades
  • Personal care and grooming businesses, including:
    • Barber Shops
    • Beauty Salons
    • Hair Salons
    • Manicure/Pedicure Providers
    • Massage Therapy
    • Nail Salons
    • Tattoo Parlors

The governor also imposed a ban on visitors – other than health care personnel and those providing end-of-life care – to long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health group homes and other facilities for those with intellectual disabilities, and added that any type of gatherings are to be limited to no more than 50 people.

CMS postponed until May 15th while MCPL is TBD

MCPL is currently in communication with the state/local government, the school system and many other childcare facilities in the community to determine how we will proceed forward. 

Given the circumstances, every agency that contributes to the funding or regulations of our program are in statewide discussions as to how to handle the effects of the pandemic our nation is currently facing. 

Consequently, we are waiting for some definitive answers before we can proceed forward. 

Please continue to stay tuned for any new information. Thank you!

Monday, March 16, 2020

MCPL Closed Until Further Notice

The administration has been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation all day and major developments by the President have determined that to keep the American people SAFE we should not gather in groups larger than 10 people, which is significantly lower than the 50 people limit previously reported. 
As such, we at Mrs. Chris Play and Learn have decided to adhere these guidelines and will be closing after today until further notice.

We recognize that this may be an inconvenience to our working families. It was our intention to help bridge the gap during these uncertain circumstances; however, the safety of our families, children and staff will always be our first priority. 

We ask that all families continually monitor our website or social media platforms for our latest updates and we will continue to post information as events continue to unfold.

It is our sincerest hope that you and your family BE SAFE. Please remember to wash your hands and cough/sneeze intour elbow to prevent the spread of any germs or viruses. And we'll look forward to serving our community again as soon as this pandemic has been contained. 

Best Regards.

Sunday, March 15, 2020



To All Families and Staff:

See the source imageWe are experiencing unprecedented times. As the CORONAVIRUSCOVID-19 ) situation continues to evolve, we wanted to outline the measures we are taking to ensure that the families and staff at Mrs. Chris Play and Learn remain safe.  Please be assured that during this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our children, families and staff is our highest priority. The director has been monitoring the situation closely and is asking all families to follow us on our website for latest breaking news and updates as they occur.  - or - our social media pages:
TWITTER @MrsChrisSchools |  Instagram: MrsChrisPlayandLearn

In addition to monitoring guidance from local, national and global health organizations, we are taking precautionary measures to ensure that our facility minimizes as many risk factors as possible.
To do this successfully, we need you PARTICIPATION and PATIENCE.

As of March 16, 2020 we will be implementing the following ADDITIONAL procedures:
§  ONLY ONE ADULT, age 18 or older, will be permitted into the building for pickup and drop-off.
§  ONLY children and teachers permitted in the classrooms.  
    • Pickup and Drop-off will occur in the foyer area ONLY.
§  NO SICK CHILD or ADULT will be permitted into the building at this time.
§  Effective immediately there will be a restriction on all visitors and non-essential personnel.
NO THERAPISTS or OUTSIDE AGENCIES will be permitted at this time.
§  All personnel have been trained on proper hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures.
§  We ask that you encourage similar HANDWASHING practices at home, just as we do at school.
-       Upon arrival, before/after mealtimes, after bathroom use, after outdoor play, after cough/sneezing (into elbow), and/or whenever hands come in contact with bodily fluids and/or unclean surfaces.

Until further notice we will remain committed to staying open to provide relief for our working families. Please stay tuned to all local news announcements and our twitter account for the most current news and ongoing instructions.