Full Day Child Care is offered at our 28th Street ECE Center and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (*pre-registration required for 28th Space is limited)
Before and after school-age child care opens at 6:30 a.m. to the beginning of school and after school until 6:00 p.m. Before and after school centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There is no before and after school child care offered on Wednesdays or non-school days.
The number and specific locations were selected based on discussions with our district partners. We worked with each school district to determine which school buildings would best meet the needs of children, families and staff and allow for appropriate physical distancing and transportation availability.
Staff will perform a roster safety check in the classroom to ensure all children are accounted for. Once verified, staff will walk children to the assigned bus to take them to their home school. The same staff member will ensure that all children are accounted for and on the correct bus.
Upon arrival to child care in the afternoon, staff will have a roster to confirm who is expected to attend. As the buses arrive, a staff member will be there to greet children as they get off the bus and will walk children with them to the child care space once all the necessary safety checks have been performed.
Make sure your child has a current and active Health Care Plan on file with ESD 112 prior to the first day of care. Our center is a peanut free location. ESD 112 will make accommodations to snacks available to children.
Per state guidelines, children and youth age five and older must wear cloth face coverings at child care, preschool, or day camp when indoors.
Children five and older may be exempt, but only if the child has one of following three conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. Families may be required to complete an exemption form and provide a note from their medical provider or have documented medical information.
Wearing a mask is an expectation in the program and our staff is working with children and families to help everyone to understand the importance of wearing a mask. We communicate this expectation to children and families up front and provide reminders to children, as needed.
We encourage families to send their child to care with a personal mask each day. We have a limited number of disposable masks available for children in our care. If your family has any questions or concerns about obtaining your own mask, please reach out to the center director. If your child arrives at the center, does not have a mask, and we do not have one for them to use, your child will not be allowed to be in child care until you can secure a mask for them. Children who have a Face Covering Exemption form on file are not applicable.
If children can physically distance from one another by six feet while outside, they may remove their masks. If physical distancing cannot be achieved while outside, state guidelines require that children keep their masks on. We must follow state mask requirements.
During meal times, the children can remove their masks while seated at a table. If they are moving around and picking up meals, their masks must be worn.
The science around children and COVID-19 indicate young children are less likely to become infected. Child care facilities often have fewer children in their care with smaller class sizes and have more flexibility for implementing prevention measures than schools.
Washington Department of Health has established guidance that child care facilities must follow. The guidance is aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at child center facilities and includes:
small groups that do not interact and staff that do not move between groups (maximum of 22 individuals)
daily health screenings
physical distancing as much as possible
increased hygiene practices
modified pickup/drop off, including keeping parents out of the program space
staggering outside play schedules
All staff and students 5 and older are required to wear face coverings.
Face coverings can help prevent the spread of infection to others by blocking droplets from spreading when the person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
Child care facilities provide an essential service for parents who must work.
If centers are closed, there is concern children may be left with grandparents or other individuals who are at higher risk for serious illness.
We are following all state of Washington guidelines for observing physical distancing and cleaning protocols.
Unfortunately, while we are taking as many measures as possible to ensure health and safety, there simply are not any zero risk scenarios. This has been a challenging year as a result of COVID, but we have significantly reduced transmission rates by wearing masks, washing our hands, and maintaining physical distance.
Ensuring the health and safety for staff, children and families is a priority. Therefore, taking additional precautions and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) guidelines and recommendations is necessary. As programs remain open or re-open, it is crucial to minimize the risks of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). Programs will encourage parents and staff to be on the alert for signs of illness and ask for children and staff to remain at home when they are sick. This information is not meant as a substitute for consultation with your healthcare provider or local health department.
Increasing frequency of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of all Early Care and Education Child Care Programs
Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a concentration of at least 60% alcohol
Washing our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Covering our mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches)
Following Public Health’s sanitizing and disinfecting recommendations for COVID-19
All adults are required to wear a facial covering (mask and/or cloth) before entering the facility
Staff who are facilitating daily health screenings will be provided with the appropriate PPE
All children 5 years or older are required to wear a facial covering (mask and/or cloth), unless an individual has a disability or medical condition where wearing a facial covering could pose a health risk
Programs will set up a screening area to maintain social distancing while families are waiting, either outside or in the entry to the building
Modified pick-up and drop-off routine is in place to limit the number of nonessential visitors
Everyone who enters the building must complete and pass a health screening
Parents/guardians should say good bye to their child at the entry point of the building and staff should be escorting children to their classroom
If a parent must enter the building to drop off or pick up their child they must pass the health screening, wear a mask, and sign in/out on the Visitor’s Log
Each site will have a clean batch of pens and a used pen container (used pens will be sanitized after each use)
Program will maintain smaller group sizes.
Staff will monitor and observe for symptoms while children are in program
All snacks will be pre-plated and served to children by staff members following sanitation practices
Our centers will provide a space for students to utilize their school-issued electronic devices for remote learning for those who are able to do so with little support from staff. We ask parents to please send devices fully charged to care and families assume liability in the event a device is lost or stolen. Child care staff will encourage children to engage in distance learning, but will not force a child who is adamant that they prefer to do something else. We know that the children in child care reflect different ages and abilities, and that our staff must prioritize health and safety as well as meeting the needs of the whole group.
School districts are creating remote learning schedules and facilitating virtual engagements between teachers and students. Check with your school district for more information on engagement opportunities.
Children should not bring their personal electronic devices to child care. Children may bring their district issued technology to program for school work related purposes. ESD 112 is not responsible for any damage or theft of this technology while in our program. We do ask that parents send technology fully charged, each day. We encourage children to bring headphones to support remote learning in a group setting.
We know that school districts are planning for the needs of children who have delays and disabilities, or require additional support. If you believe your child needs additional support from certificated staff and/or specialists, please contact your child’s school to explore options.
If a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) while at child care, the health department recommends that the individual be immediately separated from others until the ill person can leave the facility. If symptoms persist or worsen, they should call their health care provider for further guidance. An employee or child’s parent or caregiver should inform our staff immediately if the person is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Child Care Centers
The list of centers that will be open increased in person school-age child care are below.
Evergreen School District- Before and After School-Age Child Care only