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On-site Child Care Operations During COVID-19

On-site Child Care Operations During COVID-19

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.

Additionally, we will update the COVID-19 Child Care FAQ and offer resources and support to assist families in navigating this challenging moment in time.


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.

Enrollment Access

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.

Child Care Operations Restart Phases

Centers open Priority Access During COVID-19* Other details
As of September 2021, all six campus child care centers have reopened. None There are no restrictions on who is being invited to enroll in campus child care. As space is available, families who have applied for care are invited to enroll using our pre-COVID-19 Stanford affiliate priorities:  faculty, students, postdocs, university staff, and SHC and SCH

 

Centers open Priority Access During COVID-19* Other details

As of July 22, 2020, we have five centers operating: Stock Farm Road, Madera Grove, Arboretum Children's Center, Children's Center of the Stanford Community, and Pine Cone Children's Center at Stanford Redwood City. In September 2021, we reopened Stanford West.

  • Previously enrolled families authorized to return to campus for the restart of essential research functions and associated research support activities
  • Starting 9/1/20: Available spaces were offered to previously enrolled families working from home, using our pre-COVID-19 Stanford affiliate priorities: faculty, students, postdocs, university staff, and Stanford Health Care (SHC) and Stanford Children’s Health (SCH)
  • Starting 9/15/20: After enrolled families were offered a space, available spots were offered to families on the waiting list using our pre-COVID-19 Stanford affiliate priorities: faculty, students, postdocs, university staff and SHC and SCH

Return to campus is authorized by the school/unit Dean, Vice Provost, or Vice President.

Enrollment was managed in phases on a weekly, rolling basis. This approach helped children with the transition and ensured availability of space and teacher coverage.

 

Centers open Priority Access During COVID-19* Other details

SFRCC remains open. Based on SIP guidance, child care centers and school-age camps opened up under stringent group size and other business operation requirements.

WorkLife Office opened an additional ICRI operated center in late June, 2020.

Employees designated as an essential onsite role, primarily:

  • Researchers
  • Clinicians
  • Authorized personnel returning to support Stage 2 preparation

The reopening of centers is dependent on prioritization of buildings that align with the university’s restart.

ICRI continued to operate their centers in a “combined” manner, offering spaces at the open buildings regardless of your previous location.

 

Centers open Priority Access During COVID-19* Other details

Shelter in place was extended to May 30, 2020. Stock Farm Road Children’s Center (SFRCC) remained open during this entire period.

Employees designated as an essential onsite role, primarily:

  • Researchers
  • Clinicians
Designated essential onsite personnel contacted WLO to request child care

 

Centers open Priority Access During COVID-19* Other details

All centers were open until March 13, 2020. Shelter in place began on March 17, 2020, significantly curtailing child care operations.

Pre-COVID-19 Stanford affiliate priorities New hygiene practices and preventive measures deployed to keep all members of our child care facilities safe

 

*We expect the typical fall enrollment timeline to be different. We are following child care licensing guidance, evolving public health orders as those are issued, and child care operators are seeking to hire and train new teachers.

Questions?

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