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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

Power of Play–Refreshing our Outdoor Learning Environment

The Children’s Center is setting out on a journey to refresh our outdoor spaces. This multi-phased project will include repair and replacement of current structures and add new life to our already lovely and spacious playground space.

Join us in creating space for play!

We hope you’ll play along with us as we vision and create engaging outdoor learning environments for children.  Visit this space to stay up to date on what is happening.  As the phases roll out we’ll keep you informed of ways you can be involved.

The First Project

We are excited to announce our first project:  A collaboration with students from Architectural Design IV taught by Professor Mona Ghandi. These students will design and construct inflatable play structures for use by our children.  Don’t be limited by your notions of “bouncy castles”–these students are thinking very creatively.  Visit often to see the progression of their planning and work.

How can you help?

We have received some funding from a former grandparent which has allowed us to get started with this project, but we are looking for donations to support the full implementation of this first phase (ARCH 303’s inflatable structures). Please consider making a donation, nothing is too small to help us with work.

Next Steps

Stay tuned for additional ways to give. Early in the month of March, we will be auctioning off children’s art work. The highest bidder will receive a one-of-a-kind hand made canvas by the incredible artists enrolled at the WSU Children’s Center. Once a highest bidder is identified, that person will be asked to make a donation in the amount of the bid.