The Our Little Village (OLV) short term child care program, will be re-opening and expanding in October.  OLV’s reservable short term quality child care will be available to students and employees at two centers: OLV|Dixon and OLV|Milne.  Child care will be available for children ages 5 months to 12 years and will adhere to all state Early Learning Division Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.  Operational hours will vary between the two centers with both centers offering a Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning or afternoon cohort OR a Tuesday and Thursday morning or afternoon cohort.  OLV child care remains free at time of service for students, costs for faculty and staff will be based on a $6 per hour fee.

 

Coming Soon: The Family Resource Center will be offering a new resource, the Family Network, to facilitate connections between employee and student families in need of dependent care. In addition, this Network will help parents at all OSU locations connect with other parents, enabling the sharing of tips, resources and child care solutions. One of these solutions could be to share the cost of child care.

Beaver Beginnings Child Care Center

Beaver Beginnings is an accredited KinderCare Learning Center that provides the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. We offer five programs based on age, as wellas summer programs that will help your child explore and discover the world around them.

For students, staff and faculty

Contact

Chris Riggan, Director

541-737-4641 

OSUBeaverBeginnings@kindercare.com

Azalea Child Care Center

Azalea Child Care Center is a full-day, to be NAEYC accredited, run by Bright Horizons. There are 46 full-time spaces for infants through preschool.

For students, staff and faculty

Contact

Tania Henry, Director

541-737-9057

azalea@brighthorizons.com

Our Little Village

The Our Little Village child care centers are short-term (3.5 hours) reservable child care centers located on campus in Milne, Dixon Recreation Center, and the Valley Library 

 

Contact

Kristi King, Student Family Coordinator

541-737-4906 

kristi.king@oregonstate.edu

Child Development Center

The OSU Child Development Center is a student training and research program that gleans from and contributes to the knowledge base of child development and early care and education programming, to enhance the positive experience of all children.

For students, staff and faculty

Contact

Kathleen McDonnell, Director

541-737-2516 

kathleen.mcdonnell@oregonstate.edu

 

KidSpirit

Activities Create Excitement on No-School Days: Whether your child is a budding artist, athlete, chef or scientist, they will learn through play as KidSpirit offers a range of activities to inspire your kids from bowling, basketball and gymnastics to cooking, arts & crafts, on-campus field trips, and much more.

For students, staff and faculty

Contact

541-737-5437  

kidspirit@oregonstate.edu

 

Care.com

Try Care.com for FREE! Using OSU's portal you can search for care providers near you without paying membership costs. You will have access to view thousands of provider profiles, view references, and request background checks. Care.com is more than just child care, you can also find elder care, pet sitting and housekeeping services.

Bringing someone into your home to care for your children? Click here for specific guidelines for in-home care providers during COVID-19.

Visit Care.com/OSU to create a free profile using your ONID email address.

Other Child Care Resources

 

Community Resources

To get help finding local child care, please contact Family Connections which is our local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency and is located on the Linn-Benton Community College campus in Albany. Their trained specialist can help you find child care in the community.

Specifically, they provide:

  • Referrals for parents looking for care
  • Training opportunities
  • Support and problem solving
  • How to start and manage a child care business

They can be reached at 541-917-4899 or 1-800-845-1363 | connect@linnbenton.edu |visit their website

 

What does quality child care look like?

The following links take you to external resources outlining the indicators and standards of quality early care and education, some include check-lists.  Any child care centers and family child care providers should be more than happy to discuss their programs and answer your questions.  The following quality standards are provided to guide your search in securing quality early care and education for your family.  FRC staff are available for individual consult as needed.

Oregon Early Learning Division- Child Care Search

National Association for the Education of Young Children- Program Standards

Child Care Services- Quality Child Care Checklists   

Zero to Three- How to Choose Quality Child Care

ChildCare Aware- Child Care Center Checklist

 

In addition, the state of Oregon maintains a data base of registered and certified providers, both family and center based:

The safety portal is an additional tool for you to access as you determine the optimal child care arrangement for your child(ren).