Infant & Preschool Care

Extend-A-Care YMCA offers preschool programs to Austin-area children. Our programs meet children’s individual needs by offering cognitively, socially, and physically enriching curricula. 

Activities include building blocks and construction, dramatic play, reading, science and math, arts & crafts, creative expression, outdoor play, games and puzzles, and much more!

  • All EAC YMCA Preschool/Infant programs follow guidelines and curriculum for Texas Rising Star, Texas School Ready and Big Day Scholastic. Starting August 2020, all Extend-A-Care YMCA Infant/Preschool programs will officially have a recognized high-quality accreditation from Texas Rising Star. We are dedicated to meeting the highest level of recognition for each program. *Any program 2 years or newer is finalizing the process.

Questions? Read our FAQ

 

Call 512-236-9622 or email EACY@AustinYMCA.org for questions about Infant Preschool Programs. 

All registrations for 2020-21 Extend-A-Care Infant & Preschool programs are conducted online via EZChildTrack. To access the parent portal click hereA list of locations can be found below. 

Parents are advised to submit their child’s application as early as possible because enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Fees:

  • Infant Program:

    • $200 registration fee and a $100 supply fee will be due at the time you electronically submit your application.

  • Preschool Program:

    • $200 registration fee plus a $100 supply fee will be will be due at the time you electronically submit your application.

Monthly tuition for Infants (6wks-23 months) is $981, Toddlers (24-35 months) is $888 & Preschool (3-4 years)is $780.

No part-time care is offered.

Please carefully review the Extend-A-Care YMCA 2020-21 FAQ

 

Opening Dates (subject to change):

Austin Achieve, opened 8/31.

Idea Montopolis, opened 9/7.

Austin High, opened 9/7.

Blazier, opened 9/7.

 

The following are scheduled to re-open, October 5th:

Year Round Sites: KIPP Ridge, KIPP South

School Year Sites: Anderson High, Galindo, Metz, O. Henry

 

Little Angels, scheduled to re-open, October 1st.

 

Sites listed below run on a school-year calendar. Care is offered from mid-August through end of May. A few sites will be selected for summer care.

Hours of operation: 7:00 am-6:30 pm unless otherwise noted.  

North:

  • Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Dr., 78759

Central:

  • Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez St., 78703
  • Metz Elementary, 84 Robert Martinez Jr St., 78702

South:

  • Blazier Elementary 8601, Vertex Blvd., 78744

Sites listed below run on a year-round calendar. Fiscal year begins July 1st through June 30th.

North:

  • Austin Achieve Public Schools, 5908 Manor Rd, 78723 (Hours: 6:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.*)

East:

  • Idea Montopolis, 1701 Vargas Rd., 78741 (Hours: 6:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.)

South:

  • KIPP South, 5107 S IH 35 Frontage Rd., 78744 (Hours: 6:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.)

Program Age Groups:

6 Weeks to 4 Years

  • Austin Achieve
  • IDEA Montopolis
  • KIPP South

Parent drop off:

  • Parents will drop off outside the facility (please wear a mask during drop off and pick up and maintain a 6ft distance).  Staff will be the only adults allowed into the facility in order to reduce the potential of viral spread.
  • Parents will verbally sign children in each day.
  • Infants should be transported in their car seat.
  • Y  Staff will ask the screening questions and take the child’s temperature in order for the child to be accepted into the program for that day.
  • Staff will also be screened daily and have temperature checks throughout the day.

Parent pick up:

  • Y Staff will ask the parent’s or guardian for their picture identification card.  Their ID will be checked to ensure that the person picking up matches the information on the enrollment form and is an approved authorized pick-up.  
  • Parents will verbally sign children out each day.

 If a child becomes sick:

  • We will have a mat in the corner of the classroom where the child will be isolated while waiting for pick up.  Parents/Guardians will need to pick up a sick child within 30 minutes of receiving the phone call.
  • Depending on the illness, we will follow CDC guidelines when determining the return date of the child.

We will follow CDC guidelines for disinfecting the room:

  • If a sick child has been isolated in our facility,  we will clean and disinfect surfaces in the isolation area 24 hrs. after the sick child has gone home.

If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
  • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick.

Social Distancing:

  • Staff will practice social distancing when working in the daycare and wear proper PPE at all times.
  • When possible, our child care classes will include the same group each day, and the same child care providers should remain with the same group each day.
  • Currently we will not have special events such as festivals, holiday events, and special performances.
  • Keep each group of children in a separate room.
  • Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.
  • At nap time,  we will ensure that children’s naptime mats (or cribs) are spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart, and will place children head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
  • At center time, circle time, table activities,  and while in lines we will have assigned areas with their name
  • During meal times, the children will be in their assigned spot and will have mini trifolds around them to reduce any viral transmission.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • We will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games.
  • The entire center will be deep cleaned once daily.
  • All toys or equipment that cannot be sanitized, will be removed from the center.
  • Toys will not be shared between groups of children.
  • Machine washable cloth toys will not be allowed.
  • Toys that are placed in child’s mouth will be taken and put to the side for disinfecting.

Washing, Feeding, or holding a child:

  • Bring several changes of clothes.  If there is any kind of secretions are on the child’s clothes, the staff will need to change them.

Handwashing:

Staff will wash hands for at least 20 seconds:

  • Before arrival to center and after breaks
  • Before and after preparing food or drinks
  • Before and after administering medication
  • Before and after diaper changing
  • After using the restroom prior to returning to work
  • After each activity transition
  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid
  • After any cleaning duties
  • After administering temperature checks

Children will wash hands for at least 20 seconds:

  • Before arrival to center
  • Before snack and lunch time
  • Before and after outdoor time
  • Before and after diaper changing
  • Before and after using the restroom
  • After each activity transition

Masks:

  • The EAC Y is operating in accordance with the Centers of Disease Control and  is strongly recommending that all children over the age of 2 wear a mask. Following these supplemental recommendations to the greatest extent possible will further minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission and help keep staff, children and families safe.

Forms

Current and *validated immunization records or a vaccine affidavit and a health statement are required by child care licensing before child care services begin. Most doctors can provide a health statement; however, you can click on the link below for a template that your doctor can sign, if needed. If your child is 4 years or older we will also need records of their hearing and vision results. 

2020-21 Immunization & Health Statement Form

Note: Start of care will be delayed until all required documents are received at the EAC Y business office.

*Validated Immunization Records: 

  • Validation includes a signature, initials, or stamp.
  • A handwritten immunization record should be considered valid if it contains the vaccine name, vaccination date (month, day, and year), medical or public health personnel validation.
  • An immunization record generated from an electronic health record must include clinic contact information and the provider’s signature/stamp, along with the vaccine name and vaccination date (month, day, and year).

2020-21 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

 

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