May 1, 2020 Update
Child Care Action Council is committed to the health and well-being of the families and communities we serve during the COVID-19 crisis. Our offices will be closed effective 3/26/2020 and follow Governor Inslee’s directive on when to reopen. Staff members will continue to work from home and support child care providers and families throughout our service area. This includes Early Achievers coaching services and professional development classes through virtual meetings. Child Care Action Council will use their website and social media to provide: educational resources and activities for families with young children, updated information regarding the COVID-19 crisis for child care providers, and helpful resources to community supports.
If you need help finding child care because your job is currently experiencing high needs and/or longer shifts, or if your child care program has had to close – contact the Child Care Aware of Washington's Family Center to find programs that are not temporarily closed and programs with additional capacity. This free service connects families to local, licensed child care and is available in any language. 1-800-446-1114.
As of 5/1/2020, the following list reflects the current services Child Care Action Council is providing during the COVID-19 crisis:
Child Care Action Council is continuing the following:
- Early Achievers Coaching: Coaches are developing work plans to support providers in a virtual capacity. Our focus is on supports that address the current COVID-19 crisis.
- Infant and toddler room consultations will continue in a virtual capacity.
- Provider and family services: Child Care Action Council staff members continue to telecommute and are available by phone and email.
- Online professional development classes: Please check our upcoming classes webpage for updates. We are working to reschedule April and May classes and add additional online classes so that providers can continue to earn their STARS hours.
- Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) at the Family Partnership Center (Lacey) and the Shelton Early Learning Center will implement a modified service plan to provide four lunches and four snacks along with activity packets to their children weekly. While the centers have suspended services and are closed to children through the end of the year, we are finding creative ways to keep in contact with families. We are sending text messages, making phone calls and even creating videos of teachers reading stories to share with their classes. Weekly meal and activity delivery began 3/26 and maintains social distancing through out the remainder of the school year.
- Parents As Teachers home visitation program in Mason County.
Child Care Action Council cancelled or is postponing the following:
- All in-person STARS classes scheduled for May are canceled (please see above section for the online professional development training).
- In-person Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups are canceled through May 31 at Shelton Timberland Library, Providence St. Pete’s, Shoppes at Riverside, Shelton Early Learning Center and the Olympia Family Support Center. Staff will continue to reach Kaleidoscope families via email, phone, virtual meetings, and social media.
- Raising A Reader Family Night events for the school year.
- BLOCK Fest events through May 31.
- The Carousel Early Learning Conference has been canceled and will be held in April 2021.
Measures you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
Updated information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at:
The COVID-19 situation is changing daily. Child Care Action Council is here to support you and the children and families you serve. One of the best ways to plan and prepare is to make sure to look for guidance from only reputable sources, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local county health authority. Click to read the list of sources: