Before & After School Care Update

Information about 2021-2022 School Year Before & After School Care is now available! Click here for those details.

CA’s School Age Services has been provided space to continue offering-onsite childcare at Clemens Crossing, Northfield and Jeffers Hill Elementary schools. After current families have confirmed their care needs with us, we will then work through our preregistered families to offer available spaces.

We will also be offering full week, full-day, half-day and limited drop-in virtual options for families at the Columbia Youth and Teen Center beginning Monday, March 22nd.

Interested in care at the Youth and Teen Center? Click here and complete the form.

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We will continue to share any additional and updated information with families as it becomes available. Thank you so much for your continued patience.

CA continues to be committed to providing the best care possible for your children! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly adjusting the extent of that care and the precautions we take to ensure the safety of staff and children. We still strive to make care as accessible as possible to families throughout the entire community.

We are pleased to welcome back more of our students and families in the upcoming year for our Before & After School Care program!

*Please note that space in our programs may be extremely limited due to the CDC and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) restrictions and may be subject to change at any time. We thank you in advance for your understanding.*

We anticipate the return of the following programs:

  • AM Program: For elementary school students only. From 7am until the school day begins. Students attend the Before School Care program at their school.
  • PM Program: For elementary and middle school students. From after school until 6pm. Elementary school students attend the After School Care program at their school. Middle school students can attend after school care programs at Lake Elkhorn, Dunloggin or Hammond. 
  • School’s Out: On most days when schools are scheduled to be closed, i.e. teachers inservice days and non-major holidays, we will provide a program at the Columbia Association Youth and Teen Center (YTC) located at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045. The cost is $55 per day, per child. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, CA’s Before & After School Care will be available at the following sites:


Families with students who were PRE-REGISTERED for Before & After School Care for the 2020-2021 school year should receive an email with information on how to register for the upcoming school year. That email will be sent on May 3, 2021. If you have not received the information by May 4, 2021, please contact for assistance.

*Please note that space in our programs may be extremely limited due to the CDC and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) restrictions and may be subject to change at any time. We thank you in advance for your understanding.*

NEW FAMILIES will be eligible to complete a Space Reservation Request via CA’s online system beginning Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 8 am. Once you have completed the initial reservation request, you should receive an emailed survey where you’ll need to enter your child’s schedule to finalize your Space Reservation Request. This survey will help us ensure that we are holding the appropriate schedule in the correct program and can help us clear people off the waitlist.

Along with the survey, you will receive a link to an electronic registration form. Once you have completed the survey, the space will be held for you until you complete  that form and pay the $50 per child registration fee. The registration fee can be paid by credit card, using our secure online payment form, by check or money order. Payment by check or money order must be submitted via USPS (as our office is closed until further notice due to COVID-19) to:

Columbia Association 

Attention: School Age Services

6310 Hillside Court

Columbia, MD  21046

This payment must be received within two weeks of completion of your registration date or the space will be released. We are not accepting cash at this time.

Due to some of the paperwork required by the MSDE, our ability to register completely online is limited. 

*Please note that space in our programs may be extremely limited due to the CDC and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) restrictions and may be subject to change at any time. We thank you in advance for your understanding.*

CURRENT CA members are already in the system, and will be able to complete the Space Reservation Request by accessing the appointment scheduler on their membership account.

If you do not already have online credentials, or if your child is not on your membership, please contact  by Thursday, May 27, and we will assist you with your credentials or adding your child to your account. 

If you have been a member in the past, have visited a CA facility for a class, had a birthday party for your child at a CA facility, had a child in Before & After School Care with us in a previous (not current) school year or attended a CA Summer Camp program, you should already be in the system. Please contact us by noon on Thursday, May 27, at to verify if you are in the system.

Anyone who DOES NOT meet any of the criteria above (new to the Before & After School Care Program), you will need to set up a guest account.

Click here for instructions on how to create a guest account. You can do this at any time, but it should be completed by Thursday, May 27.

*Please note that space in our programs may be extremely limited due to the CDC and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) restrictions and may be subject to change at any time. We thank you in advance for your understanding.*

Once these slots are filled, we will have a waitlist available. If you are on the waitlist you may mail in the required registration paperwork at any time. Unfortunately, we do not know how many spaces will open up if you are waitlisted.

2021-2022 Registration Form (will be emailed) 

Health Inventory Form 

2021-2022 Payment Options Form will be available at a later date.

2021-2022 Income Qualified Application will be available by June 1

How do I Make Payments

Please note we will not be able to have discounts for the annual and bi-annual payments for this coming school year.

2021-2022 Payment information will be available at a later date.

CA adheres to all guidance provided to child care programs from The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For families, this includes:

-Parent drop off and pick up outside of the program (no parents/guardians will be permitted into the program with children for any reason). Parents and children must wear masks covering their noses and mouths during pick up and drop.

-Families will have to complete both a symptoms questionnaire and a temperature check before their child is permitted into the program each day. Temperatures of participants must be taken in the presence of CA staff and recorded. Temperature checks will be also conducted mid-day for any child participating in the full day program.

-Children and staff are required to wear masks/approved face coverings that cover their nose and mouth for the duration of the program. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

-Children will be required to maintain the six feet of social distance for the duration of the program day.

-Handwashing will occur upon arrival, before and after snacks/meals, upon return from outside and any other time during the program that bodily fluids may be present.

–All cleaning and disinfecting will occur per the current CDC recommendations. This includes frequent cleaning of all high contact areas used by children: before the start and at the end of each program, after children use an area, including bathroom door and faucet handles, and transition to another, before and after snack, after outdoor play and anytime bodily fluids are present.

The following options are available:

  • Before care– 7am until the beginning of the school day $195 per month*
  • After care – Care from the end of the school day until 6 pm- $275 per month *
  • Before and after care- $470 per month

Childcare staff must monitor children for signs and symptoms of acute illness and notify a child’s parent or guardian upon observing signs or symptoms of acute illness. Staff must provide temporary isolation for the affected child in a suitably equipped separate area within sight and hearing of an adult. Staff may not admit a child to care or allow a child to remain in care when the child is exhibiting symptoms of acute illness. A child may not be readmitted to care for an absence of three days or more, due to an illness, without a written statement from their physician stating that the child is not contagious and may return to a regular schedule.

A child may be excluded from care if:

  • The child’s illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities that the facility routinely offers for healthy children or mildly ill children.
  • The child is displaying any of the signs and symptoms that require an evaluation from a health care provider as indicated by the child’s age and condition. In this situation, the parent is notified of the need for immediate emergent or urgent issues.
  • The illness requires more care than the childcare staff is able to provide without compromising the needs of the other children in the group.
  • The child exhibits an acute change in behavior. Examples may include lethargy, a lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or a quickly spreading rash.
  • The child has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees F, taken orally or a temporal scan.
  • The child has diarrhea. The child will not be readmitted to care until diarrhea-free for 24 hours.
  • The child is vomiting. The child will not be readmitted to care until vomiting has ceased for 24 hours.
  • The child has impetigo/scabies. The child will not be readmitted until treatment has started, as verified by a healthcare professional.
  • The child has Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.
  • Symptoms indicating a probable case of COVID-19:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:



This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Sick children and staff will be required to stay home. Sick staff will be sent home immediately and sick children are required to be picked up by a parent or emergency contact within 30 minutes.

  • Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
  • Communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel sick.
  • Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the childcare center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.
  • Keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
  • Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation. Physicians notes will be required for children to return to care and staff to return to work.
  • Have a plan if someone is or becomes sick.
  • Plan to have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child.
  • Be ready to follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
  • If a sick child has been isolated in your facility, clean and disinfect surfaces in your isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
    • CA will contact the Howard County Health Dept. for guidance on next steps.
    • 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, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
    • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.

Should it be necessary to contact a parent regarding illness or injury, it is the parent’s responsibility to arrange to pick up the child within 30 minutes of


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If your child has a life threatening health condition that requires an epi-pen or rescue inhaler we must have those items in our program. We will not be able to access those items in the school’s health room. If we do not have them your child cannot attend our program.

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