Childcare Program Opens in Olympia

This fall, schools in Thurston County have decided to open with a distance-learning model, and families are faced with the difficult task of providing both childcare and education support at times when children would otherwise be in school. This is a widespread issue for families as we head into this new school year.

That’s why the City of Olympia and Olympia School District have partnered to provide $100,000 in funding for a new Childcare Relief Program. This program will provide much-appreciated registration relief for qualifying parents and families seeking local childcare services.

The Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County, South Sound YMCA, and Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation have also seen this need in our communities, and have partnered with the Olympia School District to provide satellite childcare sites at seven different school facilities. Each of the partner agencies will provide helpful childcare services throughout the day, including additional support with schoolwork and education if needed.

Thanks to $50,000 in contributions from both the Olympia School District and the City of Olympia, all families that qualify for free and reduced-price meals will be eligible to receive reduced registration rates for fall childcare. In some cases, these scholarships could result in up to 50% or 75% reductions in weekly registration fees.

Satellite childcare sites will be set up at the following schools. To find out more information, including availability and eligibility for your children, contact the education providers listed below.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County

  • Jefferson Middle School

Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation

  • Hansen Elementary
  • Pioneer Elementary

South Sound YMCA

  • Garfield Elementary
  • McKenny Elementary
  • McLane Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary