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Childcare options in Houston during school closures

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time.

While schools are closed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, day care facilities have been designated an essential service and some continue to operate.

We know that not all families have the option to stay at home with their children. To help families, especially those in critical service jobs, we are compiling a list of operating childcare facilities and camps. Please follow health recommendations and make your own decisions when sending your kids. We do not endorse or recommend any of the facilities we list, but try to provide a community information service.

If you know of any other open facilities, please use our contact form to let us know or comment on our Facebook page.

[idea Lab Central Houston]

From Idea Lab Central Houston:

Our current plan for next week is to offer camp days with before care and after care options to a limited number of participants.

Dates: March 23-27 (possibly the following weeks as well based on interest)
Schedule: 9-3pm ($60/day)
Extended care: from 7am ($15/day) and until 6:30pm ($20/day)
Ages: 5-12 years
Location: 5410 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Contact: 832-993-1213 |
Direct registration link

Also see their summer camp offering on Camppedia here.

At this time, we are taking registrations through our online system, but we are not taking any payments. Our goal is to generate a list of interested families and also allow for as much flexibility as possible.

If you choose not to attend after making your reservation, or we are required to close our doors, you will not be charged. We will charge your account only for the days you attend.

IDEA Lab Kids is open to serve Bellaire, the Texas Medical Center and the surrounding communities. We are following the guidelines laid out by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission which oversees us.

Now also offering tutoring and homework

IDEA Lab Kids Bellaire is pleased to announce that we are now offering tutoring and homework assistance at our campus! 3 or 6 hour sessions where students can receive individualized or group homework assistance. Call for more info.

Health Precautions

We have been given clarification with regard to our facility: as long as our classrooms do not exceed 10 individuals (students and instructors) we are in compliance.

Our new ratio will be 1 instructor to 8 students. We also will not be executing any cooking curriculum, and have adjusted our gym game rules to allow for appropriate social distancing.

In addition, we are following strict protocols for surface cleaning, hand washing, small groups, and are requiring all students to bring their own snacks, packed lunches and drinks. We also require travel, health and temperature screening for each student.

Each staff member is committed to social distancing outside of work. We have remained local during this time and are all in good health. We intend to have daily check-ins with regard to this, and any staff member exhibiting any sign of illness or fatigue will be asked to remain home.

If you have any questions regarding our Health and Safety Plan, or with regard to any of our new procedures and registration policy during this time, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

From IDEA Lab Kids Energy Corridor:

We are having School Days Off Camps! NCI Accepted. We will also be assisting with homework. Lunch will also be offered.

Dates: ongoing
Schedule: 9am – 3pm ($55/day)
Extended care: from 8am and until 6:30pm
Ages: 5-12 years
Location: 14520 Memorial Dr. Suite 50, Houston, 77079
Contact: (832) 672-7932 |
Direct registration link

Also see their summer camp offering on Camppedia here.

Health Precautions

Nothing is more important than your health and safety, and the need to protect those most vulnerable. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop,  we are taking the following precautions to protect You and Your Child’s Health:

  • We are only running small classes. 
  • We will require to pick up and drop off of children outside of the campus to minimize health risks unless there is a legitimate need for you to enter.
  • We will require all of our customers to fill a travel declaration form on where they have traveled to in the past 3 months.
  • We are no longer hosting any cooking camps until further notice
  • Make sure to wash your and your child’s hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available.
  • We’re doubling down our efforts to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in our campus.

From Mariner Montessori:

The school remains open during this time:

Dates: daycare facility open M-F
Schedule: 7am – 6pm
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old
Location: 6018 Fairdale Ln, Houston, TX 77057
Contact: 713-783-7490 |
Website link

We offer 20% discount on tuition during this critical time for parents in critical jobs. We also waive the half-month tuition deposit. Our tuition includes AM/PM snacks, healthy lunch, milk. Each class room is lead by Montessori teacher, our program is Montessori and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) combined.

While weekday tours are cancelled for now, parents can schedule a school tour during the weekend by calling or emailing us.

Health Precautions

  • we measure the temperature of the kids and staff everyday before entering the school. We deny entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria:
    • a temperature of 100.4F or above
    • signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low grade fever
    • in the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19; is under investigation for Covid-19, or is ill with a respiratory illness
    • in the previous 14 days has traveled international 
  • we perform extra sanitizations in each classroom, toys, common areas, high touch surfaces everyday. During this time, only staffs and children are allowed to enter the classrooms.  
  • our teachers to students ration is lower than the standard requirements. Each classroom has at least 2 teachers

Adventure Kids Playcare

We understand that most of their centers continue to operate for daily and weekly drop-ins. Please call the individual locations for specific hours and limitations.

Dates: open Monday – Saturday
Schedule: 7am – 10pm (call each location for current hours)
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years old
Locations: website link with all locations (Memorial, Katy, Sugar Land, Woodlands)

Other Childcare Resources

The STEM Babysitting Company

Location: in home
Schedule: 24 hours / 7 days

Fully vetted, trained, experienced nannies will curate days of educational fun for your little ones. Our Nannies arrive with all the materials to do exciting, hands-on STEM projects and activities that are tailored to your children’s learning and developmental milestones.

  • We offer parents in-location, educational childcare services. Our Nannies and Babysitters arrive to parents’ homes equipped with exciting, hands-on STEM projects and activities.
  • We offer parents a detailed matching process, free 30-Minute Consultations, and for parents in critical jobs (nurses, doctors, firefighters, etc.) 25% off their first 15 appointment hours. Our rates are:
    • One child: $23/hour,
    • Two children: $25/hour,
    • Three children: $28/hour

We will begin offering Home-School Kits delivered to parents’ doorsteps filled with our signature STEM projects and activities. To receive updates about our Home-School Kits, visit:

Health Precautions

We are ensuring the health and safety of every family we care for. Please view our COVID-19 Care Guide for more information. Our Nannies are:

  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Washing hands upon arrival and frequently throughout every
  • appointment.
  • Equipped with disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against the COVID-19 coronavirus and using these to sanitize personal and experiment materials.
  • In any instance that a caregiver feels ill, we require a doctor’s note of clearance to verify that they do not have COVID-19 coronavirus before returning to work

Other Schools and Daycares

Click2Houston has also compiled a large list of open daycaressee it here.

We have also heard that the following schools are continuing to operate, but we don’t have more detailed information at this time:

Kipling Street Academy | Montrose area | 713.529.4472

Christian School of Northwest Houston (Preschool and Elementary) | email Lucila at

Montessori Preschool at Copperfield, Cypress Creek, and North Cypress | email Kevin at

Excelsior University for Children | Seabrook, TX | call the school at (281) 474-4788

If you have any detailed information on the above schools please let us know.

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