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(509) 575-8000

Early Learning Center (ELC)

Early Learning Center

Enrollment and Waiting List Questions:

Ashley Woodall at AshleyWoodall@yvmh.org

Contact:

Main Center: 219 S. 30th Avenue
Phone number: (509) 575-8288
Fax number: (509) 452-8739
ELC Director: Mikeal Allenbaugh
MikealAllenbaugh@yvmh.org

Creekside Preschool: 1601 Creekside Loop, Ste 100
Phone number: (509) 574-5817
Fax number: (509) 452-8739
Site Supervisor: Jolene Shuck
JoleneShuck@yvmh.org

Welcome to Virginia Mason Memorial's Early Learning Center (ELC). The ELC is a program of excellence in early care and education. At the ELC we work as a team: parent, child, teacher. Each member is an important part of your child's development.

Our Mission: To be a role model of excellence in Early Learning
Our Vision: To create a safe environment for children fostering love, learning and acceptance.
Our Values: Respect, Accountability, Safety, Teamwork, Stewardship, Innovation

The Main ELC (infants & toddlers), located at 219 S. 30th Avenue, (the corner of 30th and Walnut) is open Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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What you need to know about Child Care

Are child care facilities open?

Child care providers are operational. Department of Health guidance for child care settings remains in effect. The document urges reduced interactions outside of the household and staying home when possible. Parents will play an important role in keeping child care centers providers safe by watching for symptoms from their children and limiting their exposure to non-household members. Please refer to the Department of Children, Youth & Families for more information about child care as the state responds to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What child care options are available in my community?

Child Care Aware of Washington operates a free statewide referral line to connect families with vacant child care slots. Call 1-800-446-1114 or contact them here. You can also find information on the DCYF Child Care Aware website. Additionally, many school districts may offer child care once school starts.

What resources are available to help pay for child care? 

The Working Connection Child Care program helps lower-income families and working parents pay for child care. When a family qualifies for benefits and selects an eligible child care provider, the state pays a portion of the cost. The City of Seattle also operates a local child care subsidy program for city residents.

How can employers support workers unable to find child care?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires many employers to pay employees up to 10 weeks of leave at ¾ pay to attend to children if their child care was lost due to impacts from COVID-19 through Dec. 31. The linked page describes which employers are covered under this requirement. To qualify for funding, the individual must have been employed for 30 days prior to taking the leave. Qualified employers can receive a federal tax credit for leave payments.

Employers can offer support to workers with reduced hours through ESD’s Shared Work program, which allows an individual to drop hours up to 50% and remain attached to the employer while receiving partial wage assistance without requirements to seek different employment.