COVID-19 UPDATE: 4/2/2020

Hello Everyone!         

I sincerely hope this finds you all well. I want to provide you an update on how Cantalician Center for Learning is responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health, well-being, and safety of our team members as well as the children and adults we serve. Though the work we do may look very different right now, please know that we are committed to our mission of creating opportunities for success by offering meaningful and supportive services.

  • Our COVID-19 Response Team meets on a conference call at least daily to assess the needs of our entire organization and pays very close attention to the ever changing mandates and regulations and how they affect our ability to continue to provide supports.
  • Our School Age and Preschool Services have moved to a distance learning platform following a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo to close schools. We are pushing out educational content to our students via an online platform with new content uploaded daily. I can't even begin to tell you how hard and how fast our School Team worked to get distance learning up and running in an incredibly short amount of time. We are reaching out to families and caregivers regularly to address any needs while the school building is closed and making accommodations for students who can't access content online. Thank you for your efforts, School Team!
  • Our Day Habilitations Services and Employment Services are temporarily suspended following a directive from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). We are reaching out to all the individuals receiving services regularly to ensure all of their needs are met and/or addressed. Our outstanding Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are continuing our Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities that are more critical than ever at this point in time; preparing care packages for families in need; sewing much needed protective masks for our sister agencies that operate residential services and keeping up with our continuous training from OPWDD. I continue to be overwhelmed by our staff's creativity in insuring the people we serve feel supported.
  • Diversified Labor Solutions (DLS) continues to operate with dedicated team members who are continuing to meet the demands of our packaging customers who have been deemed essential. More frequent cleaning including entrances, workspaces, breakrooms/lunch room, and restrooms is occurring. Social distancing guidelines are being followed to ensure everyone's safety.
  • Our Daycare Services are temporarily suspended to ensure the safety of our staff and children we serve. Enrollment continued to decrease as more and more people are being safe and staying home.
  • Our dedicated administrative team members are following the recommendations from the county and state aimed at protecting the health of the community. They are working remotely and transitioning in-person meetings to conference calls or virtual meet-ups. Our administrative team's ability to adapt to working from home while keeping us "open" while being "closed" has been extraordinary.
  • We are in daily contact with our state and local partners. We are following their direction as well as the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) recommended preventative protocol. 
  • We're evaluating our plans for upcoming events and services. At this time, our Cantalician Celebration 2020 will be postponed until November 12, 2020.

You can continue to help by helping to prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak. We ask that you continue to monitor your local news stations, our website, and our social media pages for any updated information regarding our organization.

Please remember that we that we have an extraordinarily dedicated staff that remains committed to offering the best quality supports that we can provide during this difficult time. I want to thank you for your continued support and understanding as me and the administrative team navigate this uncharted territory. Please know that I miss each and every one of you and hope to see you all very soon. 

Stay well and safe,

Anne Spisiak

Executive Director, Cantalician Center for Learning


Resource Links: The following are useful links to help people have ease of access to important COVID-19 information: (Last updated 3/17/2020)

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • World Health Organization (WHO):
  • Department of Health:
  • Erie County Department of Health:
  • St. John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center:
  • New York State Education:
  • Office for People With Developmental Disabilities:
  • Office of Child and Family Services:
  • Erie County Emergency Services Department (Region 5) Office: (716) 858-4909 24/7: (716) 898-3696
  • OPWDD:  
  • OPWDD Providers:    

Statistical Information:

  • St. John Hopkins's COVID-19 Interactive Map:
  • CDC Data at a Glance:
  • Department of Health - Positive Cases By County:

CDC / WHO / DOH / Miscellaneous Resources:

  • COVID-19 in the U.S. (at a glance):
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance:
  • WHO COVID-19 Dashboard:
  • WHO Critical Preparedness and Response Plans:



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