FAQ for School Age Child Care

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before and after school child care begins Tuesday, August 31.  

For Evergreen Public School kindergarteners, care cannot begin until Tuesday, September 7th.  Our after school hours cannot begin until the normal school day ends.  Evergreen kindergartens have a modified schedule the first week of school.

School age child care will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to the beginning of school and after school until 6:00 p.m.

Evergreen School District

Open Center Transportation to School(s)
Burnt Bridge Creek Emerald, Sifton and Pioneer
Image Burton and Endeavour
Crestline Marrion and Riverview
Illahee Columbia Valley, Harmony, and Fisher’s Landing
Hearthwood Mill Plain, Fircrest and Ellsworth
York Silver Star
Orchards Sunset

Vancouver Public Schools

Open Center Transportation to School(s)
Franklin Hough
Lincoln N/A

The school district will provide transportation to/from your child’s home school. Your Center Director will provide specific information to families about bus numbers and times on your child’s first day.

General bus times:

  • Vancouver School District
    • Bus #16
    • estimated pick-up at Lincoln is 7:20 a.m. and estimated drop-off at Lincoln is 3:40 p.m.
  • Evergreen School District:
    • earliest estimated pick-up at host schools is 7:50 a.m. and latest estimated drop-off at host schools is 4:25 p.m.
    • pick-up and drop-off times vary based on early and late school schedules
    • please talk to your center director for specific times for your student

If your child will be attending a consolidated site, you will pick up and/or drop off at the host school. Each center will have clearly marked signs for entry locations. Please see the details below for specific site locations.

Evergreen Public Schools

  • Burnt Bridge Creek– in gym, enter at main entrance (unless otherwise posted)
  • Crestline– in cafeteria, use side door on west side of school
  • Hearthwood– in gym, use main entrance door
  • Illahee– in gym, use gym entrance on south side of school
  • Image – in gym, use gym entrance on west side of school
  • Orchards– in cafeteria, use side door on north side of building
  • York– in cafeteria, use side door on south side of school

Vancouver Public Schools

  • Franklin– in gym, use side door on south side of school
  • Lincoln – in cafeteria, use entrance on south side of school by playground

Unfortunately, we are not able to access the schools prior to opening on August 31st.

We are consolidating centers due to a variety of factors; staffing shortages, available spaces in schools and low-enrollment at some locations. We hope that as the year progresses, we will be able to open additional centers.

Afternoon peanut-free snacks will be provided to school age children at all locations during child care hours.

Schools will be offering free breakfast to students at their home elementary school.

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. We follow school district protocol and masks are not required when outdoors, however social distancing will be encouraged.

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 and documentation is on file at the center:

    1. Medical condition
    2. Mental health condition
    3. 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.

If children can physically distance from one another by six feet while outside, they may remove their masks. If physical distancing cannot occur while outside, state guidelines require that children keep their masks on. We must follow state mask requirements.

During mealtimes, children can remove their masks while seated at a table. If they are moving around and picking up meals, their masks must be worn.

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We are limiting our groups sizes to 30 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.

  1. Increase frequency of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of all Early Care and Education Child Care Programs
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a concentration of at least 60% alcohol
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches)
    • Follow Public health’s sanitizing and disinfecting recommendations for COVID-19
  2. All adults and students are required to wear a facial covering (mask and/or cloth) before entering the facility
  3. Staff who are facilitating daily health screenings will be provided with the appropriate PPE
  4. Upon entry of the program, all children will be required to pass a health screening which includes a temperature check.
    • Heath Screening questions are as follows:
      • Has your child been in contact with someone with a suspected case of COVID-19?
      • Has your child been in contact with someone that is confirmed to have COVID-19?
      • Is your child currently awaiting COVID-19 test results?
      • Does your child have any of the following symptoms today?
        • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever, sore throat, chills, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies, unusual fatigue
      • If a parent refuses to have their child’s temperature taken, the child will not be able to stay in program for that day
    • If families answer “yes” to any of the health screening questions the child will be unable to attend program that day
  5. Modified pick-up and drop-off routines are in place to limit nonessential visitors. We are currently closing our centers to visitors to limit the potential exposure in centers.
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to say goodbye to their child at the entry point of the building and staff can escort children to their classroom
    • Each site will have a clean batch of pens and a used pen container (used pens will be sanitized after each use)
  6. All meals and snacks will be pre-plated and served to children by staff members following sanitation practices

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.

Per the Governor’s mandate, all child care staff are required to be fully vaccinated or have a legal exemption on file by October 18th.

We follow all health department guidelines related to COVID exposures, quarantines and closures. Please refer to our current student flow chart that explains the process and protocol.

No, due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be offering field trips at this time.

When we receive your request for care, please allow 3-5 business days for us to process the request.  If there is no need for additional documents, we will send you a contract.

Once you have returned your contract, we will complete your registration.

Prior to your first day, billing will send you an email informing you how to set up your online account, key billing dates, and much more

Visit the online parent portal at myprocare.com and create an account to pay electronically.

Tuition is due by the 15th of each month.

Contact billingsupport@esd112.org at least 2 weeks in advance to make any changes to your contract.

Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium

Contact us for more information:

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

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