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    Child care is top of mind for many families, especially those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. We are partnering with our five of our child care partners who operate at up to 12 Seattle school sites to re-open their child care spaces next week. We anticipate other providers to open in the coming weeks. We will keep you informed as more child care sites open in the future.

    Currently open for both pre-school and school age children:

    • Kids Co at Cascadia Elementary Full at this time
    • Kids Co at Graham Hill Elementary Full at this time
    • Launch at Beacon Hill International Elementary Spaces Available
    • Launch at Highland Park Elementary Spaces Available
    • Launch at Madrona Elementary Spaces Available

    All above Launch programs have availability via the City of Seattle Emergency Care referral process, which can be found on the City of Seattle website.

    Currently open for school-age children

    Boys and Girls Club King County also has space available at non-school sites. Please visit the Boys and Girls Club website for more information.

    • Launch at Kimball Elementary Spaces Available

    All above Launch programs have availability via the City of Seattle Emergency Care referral process, which can be found on the City of Seattle website.

    • Latona School Associates at John Stanford International Elementary Full at this time
    • Kids Co at Mcdonald International Elementary Full at this time
    • Whittier Kids at Whittier Elementary Full at this time

    Please contact the child care provider directly to learn how to enroll for their services. Per Governor Inslee's request, we have asked child care provider to prioritize students experiencing homelessness, children whose families qualify for Free and Reduces Lunch supports, and children of first responders which includes medical personnel, hospital/clinic personnel, EMTs, firefighters, essential SPS staff providing meals, child care workers, grocery store workers, and pharmacy. Child care is available to both pre-school and elementary school age children.

    On Monday, April 6, the district will launch child care programming, in partnership with the City of Seattle, prioritizing children of first responders – medical, hospital/clinic staff, EMTs, along with firefighters and law enforcement personnel. Read more about child care for first responders.

    Child care providers will have limited capacity to minimize the risks of spreading coronavirus. Child care sites will follow the guidelines of the Washington Department of Health, including excluding caregivers and children who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, health screening at entry, social distancing, and hygiene practices and cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

    SPS does not have funding to pay for child care. We are working with philanthropic and other municipal partners to find solutions to support operational and staffing costs. Thanks to the support of the Alliance for Education, FareStart will provide breakfast to each site. SPS Nutrition Services will provide lunches to each sites.

    In addition to these sites, other child care providers are currently operating in the Seattle area include:

    Child Care Resources is a statewide referral center that helps families find and pay for child care. They have a Covid Child Care Referral Center with supports in Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.