Frequently Asked Questions

How is GLSA meeting the needs for safety during COVID-19?

GLSA follows Department of Health guidelines for safety in child cares and youth programs.  Classrooms do not overlap with the others to maintain our socially distancing pods.  In addition, we have a full day support team who sanitizes our program throughout the day.  Finally, at the end of each day all materials in each classroom are cleaned and sanitized and classrooms are populated with fresh materials for the next day.

It is GLSA's policy to close for 15 days if a child or staff member should be confirmed with COVID-19; fourteen days to self quarantine, one day to clean and sanitize our program and then we reopen on the 16th day.

What is your snow day policy during Covid?

If there is inclement weather the phone message will be updated as soon as possible.  Please contact GLSA at (206)525-5909 to see if we will be open before coming to the center.

What is your snow policy while schools are in session?

If the Seattle Public Schools are closed, GLSA is closed. If the School opens late, GLSA will be closed for the morning program and open for the afternoon program. If the school closes during the day, GLSA will not open for afternoon care.  If there is inclement weather on full days when the school is closed and GLSA is open the director will make the call as to whether GLSA will be open based on how many staff could safely get to GLSA in the morning for their shifts.

To get school closure status please check your local news for information. Also, you can call GLSA. We will leave a status report on our voicemail message as soon as possible.

What is our ratio of staff to children at GLSA?

GLSA has a 1 to 10 (or better) staff to child ratio.

Is GLSA open for early dismissals, no-school (in service) days and holidays?

 Please check the GLSA calendar for a detailed list of important dates.  Our calendar has changed during the COVID period.

Does GLSA provide transportation to or from school?

No, GLSA does not provide transportation. Children from schools other than Green Lake Elementary school, which is located across the street from our building, use the Seattle public school bus system.

How can I find out if my child can be bused to GLSA from his/her school?

To find out if your child can be bused to GLSA call the Seattle Public Schools transportation department at (206) 252-0900.

Do we take children on a drop-in basis? What is the rate?

Normally Yes, however to maintain our socially distancing pods the program only accepts drop-ins for children already enrolled in a particular classroom.

When operating under normal conditions GLSA takes children on a drop-in basis as long as we have current registration information for your child and there is space available in the program. Parents must call ahead to check for available space before having their child come to GLSA as a drop-in. Please see the Rates Page for drop-in rates.

Does GLSA have hourly rates?

GLSA does not have an hourly rate.  Please see our rates page for more information.

From what sources does GLSA accept subsidy contributions?

GLSA accepts subsidy from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the City of Seattle. GLSA also has limited scholarships available.

How do I contact DSHS or the City of Seattle to find out if I am eligible to receive a childcare cost subsidy?

To find out if you are eligible for DSHS child care subsidy please call 1-877-501-2233 or see their website at If you would like to contact the City of Seattle you can reach them at (206) 386-1050. 

Does GLSA accommodate children with special needs?

Yes, GLSA will adapt the space and activities so that all children can participate fully.

Does GLSA provide snacks in the morning and/or afternoon programs?

Yes, GLSA provides a varying menu of nutritious breakfasts for those children who arrive by 8:00am. We also provide healthy snacks that include fresh fruits and vegetables every day in the afternoon.

Does GLSA provide lunch on full days or during the summer program?

No, parents will need to send their child with a nutritious, peanut-free, no-cook sack lunch on full days at GLSA.