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Children’s Alley Child Care Temporarily Closed

In light of new information revealed from Boulder County Public Health concerning a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Boulder County,  we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Children’s Alley effective immediately until Monday, April 20th.

We apologize for the inconvenience and know that this will impact the families we serve. Our highest priority is always the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, program participants and Children’s Alley families and children, and we hope that this temporary closure will help keep us all healthy and safe. We are staying up-to-date with Boulder County Public Health and will communicate our reopening as soon as it is a possibility.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.

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For 40 years, Children’s Alley has served as Boulder County’s only drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. We provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that encourages children’s social-emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive development. We serve children ages 8 weeks to 12 years old and offer care on Saturdays as well. In addition, we accept CCAP payments.

Families turn to Children’s Alley when they have a sudden and temporary need for childcare, such as when their regular childcare provider is unavailable, when parents have a class, a job interview, doctor’s appointment, etc., when parents simply need a break from the stress of childcare.

In addition to drop-in care, we also offer tuition based long-term contracts space available in our infant and pre-school programs only. Contact our office for more information.

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Specifically designed for infants ages eight weeks to sixteen months old, Children’s Alley Infant Development Center features a range of benefits. Highly qualified Infant Specialists supervise children at all times; all teachers are trained in infant CPR/First Aid, Safe Sleep practices, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in infant nutrition, health, safety, and  physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. We offer drop-in care and have tuition based long-term contract spaces available . Contact our office for more information.

Additionally, the Infant Development Center provides:

  • Feeding, naps, and playtime customized for each infant’s individual schedule to ensure that they are comfortable and that they experience care consistent with what they receive at home.
  • A range of formula options (or you can opt to supply your own formula or breast milk).
  • A cozy eat-in “kitchen” and rocking chairs for feeding infants.
  • A quiet napping room with all staff certified in Safe Sleep best practices.
  • An indoor play area with a wide variety of age-appropriate learning materials.
  • A gated outdoor area that features a covered surface, and an awning to further protect infants from bright sun.
  • A certified breastfeeding friendly atmosphere; we support mothers who continue to breastfeed their children as they return to work. This includes a private, designated breastfeeding room for mothers to breastfeed their children, or moms are welcome to breastfeed in the classroom if desired.

Our toddler room is designed for children ages 12 months to 3 years and provides positive learning experiences that encourage the social, emotional, and intellectual development of our attendees. Playtime, music, art and outdoor play help active toddlers to enjoy their day at Children’s Alley as they develop during these essential, early years of their education. All lead teachers are trained in CPR/First Aid, Safe Sleep practices, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in toddler nutrition, health, safety, and physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Additionally, the Toddler Classroom provides:

  • Nutritious morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, including at least one fruit and/or vegetable, protein, grains, and Whole or 1% Milk (as recommended by the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)). Allergen sensitive foods and dairy alternatives are available as well.
  • A kid-friendly environment with learning materials aimed towards the toddler age-group’s specific developmental needs.
  • A peaceful and comfortable environment for afternoon nap beginning just after lunch. Nap mats with clean, sanitized sheets and blankets are available for each individual child.
  • A large, gated, and shady outdoor play area that includes many small ridable cars, a sandbox, and many guided movement activities with the teachers.

Children’s Alley has an all-day Preschool Classroom which uses the Storybook Journey curriculum. This curriculum focuses on children’s literature, poems, songs, rhymes, and the creativity of the children and staff. Storybook Journey provides a positive opportunity to address emotional challenges that typically begin to emerge in children ages 3-5 years old. All lead teachers are trained in CPR/First Aid, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in early childhood nutrition, health, safety, and physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. We offer drop-in care and tuition based long-term contract spaces. Contact our office for more information.

Additionally, the Preschool Classroom provides:

  • A number of spots are specifically reserved for children enrolled in the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) through the Boulder Valley School District. This allows for a child to receive full-day preschool funded by the state of Colorado (provided families meet certain eligibility requirements). For more information about CPP please visit: http://ece.bvsd.org/CPP/Pages/default.aspx or call our front office at (303) 449-1951.
  • A small class size with no more than 12 children present daily. Any spots available in addition to CPP spots are drop-in and can be reserved daily by any Children’s Alley family.
  • Nutritious morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, including at least one fruit and/or vegetable, protein, grains, and Whole or 1% Milk (as recommended by the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)). Allergen sensitive foods and dairy alternatives are available as well.
  • A large, gated, and shady outdoor play area designed specifically for children ages 3-12. Activities guided by teachers are provided daily, as well as plenty of time for free play.

Children’s Alley Child Care Closed

On March 18, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23-April 17. In accordance with this, the YWCA is planning for Children’s Alley to remain closed until Monday, April 20. We will keep you updated weekly as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.

It has been incredibly hard for us to temporarily close our doors knowing that this is creating additional strain on the families we serve and the children we love. While some childcare centers remain open, we are following safety recommendations from Colorado Public Health to close Children’s Alley. As a drop-in childcare center with different children every day, there is an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 and our highest priority has always been to provide quality care while keeping our staff and families healthy and safe.

We are committed to working through this time by identifying the most pressing needs of our community and creatively aligning resources and programming to address these pressing issues. We are staying up-to-date with Boulder County Public Health and will communicate our reopening as soon as it is a possibility.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.

For Parent Resources with activities and tips for children, please read our recent Parent Resource Blog.