FAQ for Fall School Age Child Care
Frequently Asked Questions
All centers will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Full day fall child care begins on Tuesday, September 1. We will be closed on Monday, August 31 to prepare the classrooms for fall program.
- EPS Meal Service: Meals will not be available on Wednesdays in Evergreen Public Schools. All families must send meals on this day. Meal service for Evergreen Public Schools begins on September 8. If accessing meal service, families will need to send a sack breakfast and/or lunch prior to this date.
- BGPS Meal Service: Food service in Battle Ground School District begins on September 2. Families enrolled at Maple Grove Primary must bring a sack lunch on September 1 if they accessing district meals.
- VPS Meal Service: Families attending program in Vancouver Public Schools must bring a peanut free meal from home each day. We are currently working with Vancouver Public Schools on a plan for meal service.
- If you are a family that qualifies for free or reduce meals through the National School Lunch Program your child will continue to be eligible for this in the fall.
- Families who are accessing care out of their district will need to send their child to program with meals from home.
- Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided to children at all locations.
ESD 112 will not be charging for meals. Families will be able to purchase breakfast and lunch through their school district.
Make sure your child has a current and active Health Care Plan with ESD 112 prior to the first day of care. Our center is a peanut free location. If your child is choosing to access meals through the school district, they will make necessary accommodations. ESD 112 will make accommodations to snacks available to children. We follow the school district’s procedures for health care plans.
- 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 younger than two should not wear face coverings. Face coverings are optional for three and four-year-olds, and should be used with adult supervision.
- 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:
- Medical condition
- Mental health condition
- 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
- 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 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 aren’t any zero risk scenarios. This will be a challenging year as COVID isn’t going away, but we can significantly reduce transmission rates by wearing a mask, washing our hands, and maintaining physical distance.
The children will have access to outdoor spaces and recess during program. We encourage children to maintain physical distance and if they are unable to do so, wear a mask.
- Child care rooms are being cleaned regularly by district 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.
- 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
- 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
- For children ages 2 – 4, a facial covering (mask and/or cloth) is strongly recommended
- 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
- Upon entry of the program, all individuals will be required to pass a health screening which includes a temperature check
- Health Screening questions are as follows:
- Did your child bring a facial covering with them today?
- 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 with COVID-19?
- Does your child have any of the following symptoms today?
- Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100°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
- Health Screening questions are as follows:
- 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, be wearing a mask, and sign in/out on the Visitor’s Log
- Program will maintain smaller group sizes and follow the guidelines below:
- Keep each group together throughout the day
- When feasible, will not combine groups including at opening and closing
- When feasible, keep designated staff the same within each group each day
- Any adult who is not a normal part of the group must wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and upon leaving the space
- All meals and snacks will be pre-plated and served to children by staff members following sanitation practices
To terminate your contract, send an email to our billing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Remote learning opportunities vary by district. We are currently working with the districts to finalize any remote learning support opportunities for children.
- Our center will provide a space for students to utilize their school-issued electronic devices for remote learning. We ask parents to please send devices fully charged to care. While space for student learning will be available, school district staff resources will not be available to provide individualized educational support during care.
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 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.
The number and specific locations were selected based on parent interest. 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.
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.
The answer to this question differs with each school district.
- Vancouver Public Schools- we are hoping to provide this service but will work with the district to make decisions when this is safely possible.
- Battle Ground Public Schools – we are hoping to provide this service but will work with the district to make decisions when this is safely possible.
- Evergreen Public Schools – Unknown at this time. We continue to work with the districts on the next phase of the reopening plan. We will communicate this information to parents when it becomes available.
Child Care Centers
The list of centers that will be open for fall school age child care are below. Hours for all of our centers will be 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during this time.
Evergreen School District
|Columbia Valley Elementary||17500 SE Sequoia Circle, Vancouver WA 98683|
|Crestline Elementary||13003 SE 7th Street, Vancouver WA 98683|
|Orchards Elementary||11405 NE 69th Street, Vancouver WA 98662|
|York Elementary||9301 NE 152nd Avenue, Vancouver WA 98682|
Vancouver School District
|28th Street ECE Center||8100 NE 28th Street, Vancouver WA 98662|
Battle Ground School District
|Maple Grove Primary||610 SW Eaton Boulevard, Battle Ground WA 98604|