Local families, especially students, are struggling to find adequate affordable child care after the multitude of child care facility closures due to COVID-19 and new state regulations. 

Oregon has been a child care desert since the 90s, and that has led families with very limited childcare options if any.
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“Oregon is currently in a childcare desert,” said Shelby Shaw, a Glide special education teacher, former child care board member and daycare owner, in a phone interview. 

Lists for open spots at active and licensed child care providers are closing and updating constantly, according to numerous childcare facility sources. The best option for desperate parents to get the most up-to-date information is by calling 211 or 1-866-698-6155 for information about local childcare resources. Parents can also check the 211 website or navigateresources.net website by entering a local zip code then selecting “search by category” and then clicking on “Parenting/Child Care” and the Child Care file. Additionally, UCC students and families near UCC have access to Maple Corner Montessori.

Check the licensing status of any childcare facility through 211 or check the facility’s licenses are clearly posted.
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Maple Corner Montessori is a local private school, located on the UCC campus at the Ford Childhood Enrichment Center, now being used as Maple Corner Montessori. The Maple Corner Montessori school day runs 8:30 a.m to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday with a four-day school option available for primary care, preschool, students. Maple Corner cares for children ages 3 to 12.

Currently, Maple Corner is accepting applications, online and in person, for grades three to five, with a $50 application fee per child. There is currently a waiting list for all other age groups. UCC students receive a 40% discount for monthly tuition. There is also an extra 10% discount for each additional student enrolled. Registration, materials fees and tuition are due once the registered child attends their first day of school. 

Pricing is as follows: 

Costs for Primary Care Preschool: Ages 3-5 

 4 morning half days $2,500 for 10 months 

5 half days $3,170 for 10 months 

4 full days $5,000 for 10 months 

5 full days $5,800 for 10 months 

Costs for Lower Elementary: Kindergarten 2nd grade 

$6,000 for 10 months 

Costs for Upper elementary: 3rd to 5th grade

$6,000 for 10 months 

Application, Registration and Materials Fees:

Approximately $225-$350. 

Families with students working full time can apply for a

childcare grant called the Employment Related Daycare

Subsidy program through the state of Oregon’s

website. Qualifying Oregon students also have access

to the Student Childcare Grant. Both programs offer

funds to help pay childcare costs at an Oregon

licensed, certified or registered facility. 

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