FAQ for Increased In Person Learning at School Age Child Care Centers

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Evergreen Public Schools

Centers Open Transportation to Schools Grades In Person Bus Routes
Marrion Burnt Bridge Creek
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Pick Up: between 7:45-8:30 am
Drop Off: between 2:45-3:30 pm
Illahee Columbia Valley
Fisher’s Landing
Pick Up: between 7:45-8:30 am
Drop off: between 2:45-3:30 pm
Orchards Silver Star
Pick Up: between 8:15 – 8:30 pm
Drop Off: between 2:45 – 3:30 pm
28th Street (Full Day Only)*
*pre-registration required for 28th Street. Space is limited

Vancouver Public Schools

Centers Open Transportation to Schools Grades In Person Bus Routes
Lincoln Elementary (B/A) Franklin Elementary School
Hough Elementary School
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Pick Up: between 7:25-7:35 am
Drop Off: between 2:10-2:25 pm
28th Street (Full Day Only)*
*pre-registration required for 28th Street. Space is limited

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.

Before AND after school  $38.00 per day

Before school only  $22.00 per day

After school only $26.00 per day

Full day child care (28th Street ECE) $50.00 per day

All ECE child care centers accept State subsidy.

Please our call or email our enrollment at 360-952-3466 or mailto: ece.enroll@esd112.org

  • 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.
  • Families attending full day child care at 28th Street ECE must bring a peanut free sack lunch from home each day.  Families may also send a peanut-free sack breakfast if needed.
  • Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided to children at all location.

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.

  • Medical condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Disability

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
  • increased cleaning

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 limiting our groups sizes to 15 children per licensed space.

  • 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.

The children will have access to outdoor spaces and recess during program. We encourage children to maintain physically distant and if they are unable to do so, wear a mask.

  • Child care rooms are being cleaned regularly by custodial staff. We are also taking steps to avoid materials used during care that require frequent disinfecting.
  • Staff members are cleaning commonly used areas and spaces throughout the day.

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

Upon entry of the program, all individuals will be required to pass a health screening which includes a temperature check.  The following questions will be asked by a staff member:

  1. Did your child bring a facial covering with them today?
  • If “No” provide child with a disposable or cloth mask
  • If “Yes” go to question #2
  1. Has your child had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
  • If “No” go to question #3
  • If “Yes” child may not remain in program. They can return once they have been cleared medically.
  1. Has your child been in contact with someone that is confirmed with COVID-19?
  • If “No” go to question #4
  • If “Yes” has child remined isolated for 14 days without any symptoms then child can remain in program
  1. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19?
  • If “No” go to question #5
  • If “Yes” child may not remain in program. They can return once they have been cleared medically.
  1. Does your child have any of the following Symptoms today?

Class A Symptoms the child is being excluded for:

  • Temperature of 100.4°or more
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell

Class B Symptoms the child is being excluded for:

  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion/running nose
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Headache
  1. Take the child’s temperature upon arrival
  • Has your child taken any fever reducing medication today?
    • If “Yes” they are unable to be in program
      • If Temperature is a 100.4° or more child is unable to be in program for 24 hours after the fever ends
  1. If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions an Exclusion Form will be completed
  2. If a parent refuses to have their child’s temperature taken, the child will not be able to stay in program for that day

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.

Governor Inslee has implemented statewide restrictions regarding indoor gatherings with people outside of your household have been prohibited unless people quarantine for the fourteen days prior to the social gathering. In addition to the ban on indoor gatherings, Governor Inslee has also issued a travel advisory, asking residents to stay close to home. If you do travel, he is recommending a 14-day quarantine following interstate and international travel.  If we are informed that your family does travel, we will ask that you comply with Governor Inslee’s advisory and have your child quarantine at home for two weeks from the date of your return. Your monthly payment will hold your slot during your family’s quarantine period.

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

Center Address
Illahee Elementary 19401 SE 1st Street, Camas WA 98607
Marrion Elementary 4400 NE 122nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98682
Orchards Elementary 11405 NE 69th Street, Vancouver WA 98662

Vancouver School District – Before and After School-Age Child Care only

Center Address
Lincoln Elementary 4200 NW Daniels, Vancouver WA 98660

Full Day School Age Child Care

Center Address
28th Street ECE Center 8100 NE 28th Street, Vancouver WA 98662
Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium

Contact us for more information:

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email ece@esd112.org or call 360-952-3466.

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