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Coronavirus COVID-19

At the WSU Children’s Center we are doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The Center suspended child care services Wednesday March 18 with a planned reopening April 27.  With the extension of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we have extended our suspension of direct services until further notice.  As new information becomes available,we will communicate with enrolled families directly and post updates here.

Update:  As of May 18 2020, the Children’s Center is in planning  mode for resuming childcare services, but does not yet have a date to do so.  We are reviewing emerging guidance regarding best practice for childcare in our current COVID19 situation.  We will establish protocols to decrease the risk of exposure that is inherent in group care and will communicate these new protocols directly to enrolled families as they are finalized.  The reopening date will be set in consultation with WSU administration and following guidance from national, state and local health care officials.  Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the maximum level of health and safety for families and staff.

We continue to take applications for enrollment; enrollment capacity may need to temporarily decrease to follow COVID guidance from health officials.  See Waitlist FAQ page for enrollment information

See Original Letter to Families Explaining COVID Suspension of Service

Letter to families COVID-19 Closure Spring 2020

WSU Children’s Center closes through April 24

Due to the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the University Children’s Center on the WSU Pullman campus will temporarily close beginning on Wednesday, March 18. The facility will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24. WSU officials will reevaluate the COVID-19 situation in the region at that time and determine when the center can be reopened.

Families who have paid for the entire month of March will receive a credit for the 10 days of closure in March.  Fees will not be charged for April 1-24.  While it is anticipated that families will keep their enrollments in the Children’s Center, we ask that any changes to a child’s date of return be communicated to the Center as soon as possible.  We will not hold slots indefinitely; for example, not beyond the beginning of fall semester.

Your children’s teachers will be in contact with you via email, providing resources for activities during the closure, and to stay in touch with your family.

Washington State University has taken this step following guidance by state and federal public health officials to limit gatherings of people whenever possible. In addition, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has issued recommendations calling for childcare facilities to close if local schools are also asked to do so because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This decision was not taken lightly. These are challenging and disruptive times for all of us. We understand that the closure of the Children’s Center places difficult burdens on parents. Please know that the health and safety of your children and other loved ones are our top priority.

We will be in touch prior to April 24 with information on when the WSU Children’s Center can resume operations. Until then, take care of yourself and your family.

For the latest information regarding Washington State University’s response to the COVID-19 illness, please visit the WSU COVID-19 update website. This site is revised daily as the situation evolves.

Best regards,

Brenda Boyd, Executive Director

WSU Children’s Center