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Child Care and ECEAP During School Closures

Child care centers and most Early Childhood Education & Assistance (ECEAP) classrooms will remain open

Child care and early learning services are critical to allowing parents to continue to work, which has significant public health and social benefits. Additionally, these programs provide necessary supports to families most in need of services.

Compared to schools, child care and early learning settings have lower risks for exposure and spread of COVID-19 because there are typically fewer children in the setting. According to our public health agencies and medical experts, the available evidence from the COVID-19 outbreak has shown that the risk of serious illness to young children is low.

Frequently Asked Questions

No further action is needed.  We will compile the data and notify families in early May regarding the plans for summer child care.  Summer child care contracts will become available by June and will be emailed to families.

We will email school age child care contracts for the 2020-2021 school year by June.  Currently enrolled families (including those with temporary contract suspensions) will be given priority as we enroll for next year.

Ridgefield School District will be offering child care services for the 2020-2021 school year.  For more information please email Erika Muir at

If you have a credit on your account and would like to request a refund now, please contact our Billing team at and they will process your refund.  Otherwise, the Billing team will reach out to you after June 19th.

We will still offer some school age child care this summer. We will no longer offer birth to 5 child care services after June 19th.  We are in the process of collecting information from families about the need for summer school-age child care and will make decisions about availability based on survey results in May.  If you need summer school-age child care, please complete this survey survey will be open through April 30th.  We will notify parents via email in May to let you know about summer school age care options as well as the plan for registering and submitting contracts.

Unfortunately, the state child care licensing regulations do not allow students entering Kindergarten to attend school-age child care prior to the first day of Kindergarten.

As soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted, our team will notify families of a plan and schedule for collecting personal belongings at our centers.

You can contact the statewide Child Care Aware Family Call Center and they can help you find other child care programs in our area:  or 1-800-446-1114

The closure of B-5 and several school-age centers is permanent.  We’ll continue to operate the seven centers available for child care for those most in need (health care workers and first responders) through June 19th.

Unfortunately, the difficult decision to close some child care was made based on program sustainability. Even if families paid more for child care services, the birth to five child care program was no longer financially sustainable, especially in light of the COVID pandemic.

Yes, there will be registration fees for summer school age child as well as school age care for the 2020-2021 school year.  We will share rate and fee information in May.

The list of centers that will be open through June 19 is below, categorized by school district. Operating hours for all of our centers will be 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. through June 19. We cannot guarantee that we have space available at our consolidated sites so please call our main office to see if we have capacity to serve you – 360-952-3466.

Evergreen School District

  • Hearthwood Elementary (school age child care)
  • Orchards Elementary (school age child care)
  • Park Crest Early Learning Center (EHS infant, toddler, preschool child care)

Vancouver School District

  • Ben Franklin Elementary (school age child care)
  • Hough Elementary (school age child care)
  • Minnehaha Early Learning Center (ECEAP, preschool child care)
  • Patricia Nierenberg Early Learning Center (toddler and preschool child care)

Please contact our enrollment team so they can update your contract and ensure we have space available for your child: 360-952-3466 or

To terminate your contract, send an email to our billing team at

  • In light of the uncertainty of this situation, we will waive the two-week notice of termination requirement during this time.
  • The earliest you can terminate your contract is March 16th.
  • If you need care again in the future, you will need to work with our enrollment team to determine if we have space and complete any necessary paperwork.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided at all of our centers while in operation through June 19.

Our new hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through June 19.

With additional health guidelines currently being implemented in our centers, please allow additional time during drop off for our staff to conduct health screenings.

Yes. All of our centers accept state subsidy. When we notify families of the consolidated locations, we will work with families to fill out a form allowing our agency to temporarily change your location during the consolidation.

Yes. However, please be advised that it may take our staff additional time to ensure we have the necessary documentation (Individual Health Care Plan, physician’s orders) to safely care for your child. Our ECE nurse will need to review documentation and provide necessary training for staff. This may require extra time so you may not be able to attend child care on Tuesday. If you have questions, please contact our nurse, Luz Franco, at

Yes, staff is taking the temperature and checking staff and children for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) upon entry into care each day. We are also asking if medications were used to lower the child’s temperature and if there are any household members with COVID-19.

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.

  • Individuals who are exhibiting respiratory symptoms can return to program once they are symptom free.
  • Individuals who have a fever can return to program 72 hours after they fever free, without fever reducing medication.
  • Individuals who have been in contact with some one that is confirmed with COVID-19 can return to program after the quartered period (14 days) as long as they are symptom free.
  • We are not requiring a medical note to return to program after individuals are symptom free

We are in unusual times and want to be flexible to the changing circumstances our families face. We will not be charging families for care if their child is sent home because he/she did not pass the health screen. If you would like to request a refund for these days, please email our Billing Department at 

Child Care Centers

 The list of centers that will be open through June 19 are below.  Hours for all of our centers will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during this time.

Evergreen School District

Center Services
Hearthwood Elementary School age child care
Orchards Elementary School age child care
Park Crest Early Learning Center EHS Infant, toddler, preschool child care

Vancouver School District

Center Services
Ben Franklin Elementary School age child care
Hough Elementary School age child care
Minnehaha Early Learning Center ECEAP and preschool child care
Patricia Nierenberg Early Learning Center Toddler and preschool child care
Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium

Contact us for more information:

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

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