School-age Care

Childcare is tricky right now, but we can make it a little easier. At Willamalane's all-day school-age care, kids focus on online learning and having fun with friends! And, parents can feel good about the level of care and affordability on offer. Scholarships are available.

Registration information

Families must register for care by the registration date associated with each week it is available. There is a one-time registration fee of $45. This fee covers basic school supplies and increased COVID-related costs. Once this fee is paid, it will apply to any school-age care programs for this school year. 

We're here to help with registration costs. We have scholarships available, and we work with DHS to accept Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) assistance.

  • Learn more about the Employment Related Day Care payment assistance program here.
  • Download the ERDC application here.
  • Use this form to register for Springfield Squirrels if you are receiving outside financial assistance.

Winter Blast Camp

Camps over winter break this year will feature recreation programs to keep kids and staff safe while having fun. All programs will follow Early Learning Division guidelines. This camp is ideal for elementary school students in grades K-5. 

Camp runs M-Th, Dec 21-31
Hours: 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., (Dec. 24 camp ends at 4 p.m.)

Located at Willamalane Memorial Building (3 groups, 45 total spots). 

Fee: $140 ID/$168 OD per week. 
Registration opens 12/1

Springfield Squirrels

This is ideal for all elementary school students in grades K-5 currently learning online. 

Program runs 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Note: Program is closed Dec 21-Jan 1, please sign up for Winter Camps for these weeks instead.
Located at Willamalane Adult Activity Center (2 groups, 40 total spots). 
Located at Bob Keefer Center (1 group, 20 total spots).

Fee: $170 ID/$204 OD per week. $45 one-time registration fee.
Register here.

School-age Care FAQs

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes, we do! 

Additionally, we work with DHS to accept Employment Related Day Care assistance.
  • Learn more about the Employment Related Day Care payment assistance program here.
  • Download the ERDC application here.
  • Use this form to register for Springfield Squirrels if you are receiving outside financial assistance.


Are you offering part-time or after school care?
Currently we are offering supplemental care in alignment with current Springfield Public School district plans. 

Why aren’t you hosting after-school care at the school sites?
Due to state health guidelines, Springfield Public School buildings cannot currently accommodate the spacing for Willamalane programs. 

Why are you holding student care programs at Willamalane Adult Activity Center?
Willamalane Adult Activity Center is currently offering limited programs for adults, so much of its space is available for other purposes. Given the need for student care in Springfield, we needed to get creative as to where we had accessible space. The center’s open space and indoor/outdoor functionality make it a great alternative venue for this essential service. 

Will you provide transportation for students?
No. Families will need to arrange their own transportation at this time. Due to the current restrictions and logistics at this time, we are not able to coordinate transportation. 

When will you have plans for the rest of this school year?
We are working as quickly as we can to best align our plans in coordination with Springfield Public Schools. We will update this page on our website and share information as soon as we have future plans.

Why are registration fees higher than last year?
The one-time registration fee of $45 covers basic school supplies and increased COVID-related costs. Once this fee is paid, it will apply to any school-age care programs for this school year.

Health and Safety FAQs

 What safety modifications have you made?

Safety is and always will be our primary concern as we offer after school care and we are committed to providing the safest possible care for children, families, and Willamalane staff. To do so, Willamalane is implementing extensive measures around face coverings and sanitation, all within the state health guidelines and recommendations. We will be encouraging physical distancing in groups as much as possible. All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while inside or outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible. We will also implement an even more restrictive sanitation process and illness monitoring protocols. We ask that siblings register for care at the same location so we can better maintain stable groups of staff and children. Learn more about safety here.

 Will Willamalane track any illness symptoms or outbreaks?
Yes. We will be checking for symptoms of new coughs or fevers for anyone entering the area where there are students. If we suspect an illness or infection, we will isolate the student and contact a parent or guardian, so they can go home. 

If students or staff, or anyone in their household, has recently had an illness with a fever or a new cough, they should remain at home until: 

  • At least ten days after illness onset, 
  • 72 hours after the fever is gone without using fever-reducing medicine, 
  • Symptoms are improving.

Students or staff who have had direct exposure to COVID-19 will not be able to return until 14 days after the exposure, assuming they do not exhibit symptoms. We will also be keeping daily logs for each stable group to help identify anyone at-risk, should there be any illness associated with a student or staff member.

 Will students and teachers have to wear face coverings?
Yes. In accordance with state guidelines, we’re requiring that children ages five years and older wear a face covering at all times while indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot take place. We ask that parents provide a face covering for their children, but we will have them available for children who do not have one. We understand that this will be difficult for some children, but our staff are prepared to help kids through it and still create a great childcare experience.  All staff interacting with patrons must all wear face coverings while indoors or while unable to maintain a six-foot difference while outdoors.

What changes to pick-up and drop-off are you making?
This depends on the childcare location. Once your family is registered, we will share check-in information, drop off and pick-up sites, and any other information families will need to know. Parents will remain outside of the facility for drop off and pick up. 

What sanitation procedures are you taking?
We are closely following and staying up-to-date on statewide and industry guidelines to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. To keep us all healthy, we have developed guidelines for daily health checks, physical distancing, handwashing, sanitizing items, classroom cleaning, adjusted activities, meals and snacks, and drop off and pick up.

What is your refund policy?
No refunds, credits or reallocation of funds will be given for missed days, extended absences or program cancellations. Program fees will not be prorated. To receive a refund or credit for withdrawing from a program, please see the following procedures.
  1. All requests for refunds or credits must be done at the Bob Keefer Center front desk or by contacting 541-736-4544.
  2. Request to withdraw from the program to receive 100% refund or credit must be done at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program.
  3. Request to withdraw from a program to receive 50% refund or credit must be done at least 5 calendar days prior to the program start date.
  4. Requests to withdraw from the program with less than 5 calendar days prior to the start of camp will not receive a refund or credit.
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