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 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 in-service days and non-major holidays, we will provide a program at the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 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:
|Atholton ES||Bryant Woods ES||Centennial Lane ES|
|Clarksville ES||Clemens Crossing ES||Cradlerock ES|
|Dunloggin MS (after care only)||Guilford ES||Hammond ES & MS|
|Jeffers Hill ES||Lake Elkhorn MS||Longfellow ES|
|Northfield ES||Phelps Luck ES||Running Brook ES|
|Stevens Forest ES||Swansfield ES||Talbott Springs ES|
|Thunder Hill ES||Waterloo ES||Worthington ES|
Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, space-available basis until August 13, 2021. Registrations will not be accepted August 14 to August 31, 2021, and will resume on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
For information on how to register and to inquire about space availability please call 410-715-3164 or email SAS@ColumbiaAssociation.org
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:
|Fever or chills||Cough||Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing|
|Fatigue||Muscle or body aches||Headache|
|New loss of taste or smell||Sore throat||Congestion or runny nose|
|Nausea or vomiting||Diarrhea|
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
Tuition is paid one month in advance. The payment made by August 5th is for service in the month of September; the payment made in September is for service in the month of October. Final payment for the year is May, for service in the month of June.
There is no payment due in June.
The following options can be used to make a payment for Before and After School Care:
- Option 1: an automatic debit from a credit card.
- Option 2: an electronic funds transfer (EFT) from a checking account.
- Option 3: a monthly bill which will be emailed to you.
Please note we will not be able to have discounts for annual and bi-annual payments for this coming school year.
Payments by credit card and changes to automated monthly payments can only be made through the Secure Online Payment Options Form.
For Option 3, payments can be made in one of the following ways:
- Directly into your School Age Services billing account. Please note that this is a separate account and login page from the CA member system
- By mail or in person:
- Columbia Association SAS
6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100
Columbia, Maryland 21046
- Payments should be mailed with enough time to allow for mail delays, payment must be received by the fifth day of the month.
- Columbia Association SAS
- Credit card payment can also be made using our one time Secure Online Credit Card Payment Form