Co-founded by Morgan Baird Everson ’08, the Coggeshall Club — one of the first licensed daycare centers in the United States to offer unlimited co-working and fitness to all member families — had to temporarily close its doors because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But that hasn’t stopped Everson and the rest of the staff from continuing to support the parents and children they serve.
Located in Middletown, R.I., the club is known for providing cost-effective licensed childcare, inspiring workspaces and fitness under one roof. Everson, an architectural studies major, founded the club with Britt Riley and Kieran Harvey.
Since closing, the staff has remained in close contact with its members through daily messages. “We’re providing online activities, video messages and support for parents who are working at home and have their children home with them,” says Everson. The club’s blog is being updated regularly with activity ideas and sample schedules for kids to follow.
Online connection is the new delivery method for club programming. “We host live, online member family support groups per each age group via Zoom for parents experiencing any challenging behaviors, moderated by an early childhood behavioral expert,” Everson says. “We also share online workout, yoga and self-care resources, provided by our wellness partners who would normally be hosting these events at our facility.”
Everson hopes to reopen soon, but in the meantime the club’s teachers are continuing to contribute through online messages and videos for the children. “We’ve taken measures to ensure our experienced and valuable employees will be able to return to work again as soon as we are allowed to reopen,” she says. “We hope to welcome back all our members as soon as we can.”
The club was recently honored with the Emerging Leader Award from the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. The award is part of the Excellence in Business Awards, presented annually to honor outstanding business achievement in the Greater Newport region, designed to celebrate the achievements of local businesses and recognize the vital role they play in the economic well-being of the community.
Photo above courtesy of Ruper Whiteley. Everson (right) is pictured with co-founder Britt Riley inside the clubhouse.