Headlines like Women took on three times as much childcare as men during the pandemic, How COIVD-19 sent women’s workforce progress backward and COVID-19 has hit women especially hard, especially working mothers have been becoming increasingly more common in recent years.
That’s one of the reasons why KinderCare Learning Centers opened up a new Capitol Childcare Center, with priority enrollment for state employees. The facility, which opened Jan. 30, is for children between the ages of six weeks to 5 years and is still open for enrollment for state-employees.
Allison Carly, director of the Capitol Childcare Center said since the onset of the pandemic “There has been a lack of quality childcare across the South Sound, and ” The Capitol Childcare center fills this role for Olympia-based state employees.”
Besides priority enrollment, state employees have access to other benefits through the new center such as flexible scheduling. In addition to Monday through Friday care, the center also offers part-time care on a Tuesday and Thursday schedule, or on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule. State employees are also exempt from pay a one-time or annual registration fees for their children and extracurricular classes like cooking, phonics, music, and more can be added on at no extra cost.
How to enroll:
To learn how to register your child call (833) 90-LEARN or visit their website to register and learn more about the programs KinderCare offers.
The center is located at 106 Maple Park Avenue Southeast on the Washington State Capitol Campus and is open from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fast facts about the new Capitol Childcre Center
The eco-friendly center is the first net-zero building on the Capitol Campus and it focuses on conserving resources and reducing waste. Features include:
- six classrooms
- a nature-based learning playground for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
- light-duty commercial kitchen
- 14 drop-off only parking stalls
- 198 solar panels, each producing 440 watts of energy for a total of 87 kilowatts.
To learn more about the building’s infrastructure and the design of the project, please visit the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) webpage.