Preschools to remain open during K-12 school closures

March 17, 2020 11:36 PM

OLYMPIA — While parents are scrambling to make child care arrangements for their school-age children for the next six weeks, day care and preschool parents may be able to keep their current child care situation.

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families issued a press release on Friday, March, 13, saying that day care centers, in-home child care centers, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs and other before- and after-school programs are encouraged to stay open. The press release came a few hours after Gov. Jay Inslee closed all kindergarten through 12th-grade schools throughout the state. Child care centers that stay open will be subject to closure guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the time of school closures, DCYF will be working to ensure that children who are physically and economically vulnerable get the care and support they and their families need. Considerations are being made to help health care workers and first responders impacted by the school closures. Also, DCYF is looking into options that could temporarily increase the flexibility for child care providers during this situation.