Updated November 8, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the WorkLife Office (WLO) and child care operators continue to follow regulations and guidance for school and child care centers issued by Santa Clara County Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Social Services - Child Care Licensing.
Child care center operations have been significantly curtailed due to COVID-19. In an effort to keep our families and the Stanford community informed of on-site child care operations, this page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Child Care Operations Restart Plan (as of November 8, 2021; restart plan is subject to change)
The county’s latest guidance allows the reopening of child care, assuming compliance with the group size and other business operation requirements. Below is the WLO's proposed timeline for reopening Stanford child care centers, which will align with the university’s staged restart. Additionally, WLO has developed a set of guiding principles and is leveraging these for decisions relative to reopening child care centers, while also relying on the expertise and guidance of various university partners.
Child care operators are inviting families to enroll as more space becomes available. Enrollment is moving at a more gradual pace than expected. Prior to COVID-19, we were already experiencing a shortage of child care teachers and COVID-19 exacerbated that issue. We are trying to cover our own teacher callouts with our own substitutes. As child care centers hire teachers and re-open additional classrooms, families will be invited to enroll.
If you have questions regarding when you may receive an offer, please reach out to the center(s) you applied to inquire about your status.
Families Returning to Care
Families who have enrolled in any group care setting are encouraged to have a back-up plan developed and in place should there be a COVID-19 exposure at their center. We cannot guarantee being able to keep child care open without interruptions due to COVID-19.
As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms are often similar to cold and flu symptoms (e.g. sore throat, congestion, etc.). For the safety of our community, if you or your child show any cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home. For families that have travel plans, please become familiar with the travel policy. Child care operators are adhering to Stanford’s travel policy and applying those to the household unit.