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Clayton is committed to serving your family and our community–to ensure that every child is safe, engaged, and learning every day. That’s why we are working with Tarrant County leadership to activate Clayton’s resources and programs to meet the needs of as many of our families as possible.

Recently, Clayton sent out a survey to more than 1,000 of our families to ask what would help the most as we look to the beginning of a new school year. We received hundreds of responses that illustrated the complexity our schools and families are living. Many of our afterschool families told us they need to feel there is a safe place for their child during the school day and after school so parents can return to full-time work. Some families aren’t comfortable sending their child to a crowded school building when they open, but need help with remote school requirements. Others need support so their kids can catch up on the learning they’ve lost or reconnect after months of being isolated. Some families will be home-schooling. There is no easy, one-size-fits-all answer to meet all of these needs.

The situation across Tarrant County is changing rapidly, so we will be updating this page frequently. Here are the best answers we have today to the questions Clayton parents are asking:

Will you offer full day programs that include help with virtual school requirements?
Yes! Our program development team has created a daily activity plan that will include meeting the district requirements for virtual learning. This will include school-day support and assistance with virtual learning during the mornings, and themed enrichment activities and clubs during the afternoons. We are working with our local school districts to best understand each of their online learning models and requirements.
What will the full day program cost?
Clayton is committed to keeping our program costs as affordable as possible. We are currently in the process of setting rates for the full day program. If you would like to be notified when our sites and weekly rates are posted, please share your contact information with us here.
Where will programs be located?
The Tarrant County Health Order issued July 21st does not allow Clayton to hold programs in school buildings. We are exploring many options including providing full day Clayton academic support and enrichment programs in appropriate community locations, and/or partnering with other nonprofit agencies to expand the academic enrichment and support in their child care programs. If you would like to be notified when our sites are confirmed, please share your contact information with us here.
When will registration be available?
We will be opening online registration for full-day programs as soon as possible. If you would like to receive an email when our sites are confirmed and registration is open, please share your contact information with us here..

Before & After School registration will be available well before the start of in-person school instruction resumes. Once again, if you would like to receive updates from Clayton, please share your contact information with us here..

What protocols will you be following to prevent the spread of COVID among the children?
Clayton has spent the spring and summer aligning our health & safety measures for the upcoming school year with those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Health and Human Services (Child Care Licensing) and the Tarrant County Department of Health. While it is clear that there is currently no policy or practice that will completely remove or prevent all risk, all Clayton program staff are receiving training in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Clayton has developed, implemented and refined our COVID-19 prevention practices and procedures while running childcare programs for essential workers. We will continue to be vigilant in our execution of strict screening protocols, cleaning and disinfecting and using proper personal protective equipment (PPE). New procedures have been put in place to control access to program spaces during drop off and pick up times. We will screen everyone coming into the program space, maintain age-appropriate social distancing expectations, limit group sizes, and quickly isolate any child or adult who might become symptomatic during program time.

At this time, only participating children and staff will be allowed in the program area. Anyone recording a temperature of 100.0 or higher will not be permitted into the program. Masks will be required of all staff and participating children. To best maintain social distancing, student groups will not be co-mingling for activities and supplies will be made individual instead of shared as much as possible.

Will you be spending time outside?
YOutside activities are highly recommended by our health advisors, so when the weather permits, we will be incorporating outside activities as much as possible.
What grade levels can attend?
Full-day enrichment programs will be designed for entering Kindergarten through entering Sixth grade. Pre-K students will be able to join our afterschool program once school resumes in-person.
Will the staff be the same as last year?
YThankfully, most of our staff has committed re-join Clayton this fall. We will be welcoming new faces as well as we adjust our program staffing structure to meet our health and safety requirements. All staff, new and returning, will complete a full week of training on our revised best practices before working with students this fall.
What happens if schools are closed for longer than 6 weeks?
We are continuing to monitor the public health situation with our school districts, and hope to have a longer term strategy for school-age childcare should such a solution be necessary.
Will you offer on campus before and after-school when school is in person again?
Yes! When campuses reopen again, we plan to be there for your family.
My family qualifies for Free/Reduced lunch – would my child get to attend Clayton for free?
As a separate non-profit, Clayton does not receive state or federal school-day funding like public school districts. We charge parent fees to cover the cost of our services, but we also seek out grant funding that allows us to have financial aid scholarships available and offer CCMS care. Please call Client Services at 817-923-9888 to learn more about what might be available for your family.
Will you still be offering drop-in care?
We expect that drop-in will be available at a limited basis when our afterschool programs resume on campus. However, drop-in service is not expected as a part of the full-day alternative childcare programs in the first 6 weeks of virtual learning.
With some families staying home all year, will there by enough children for the after-school programs when the children are back on campus?
We understand the difficult decision that some families have to make regarding participation with in-person school activities. Clayton is planning to re-open the majority of our on-campus enrichment programs, with appropriate safety precautions, when schools reopen for in-person learning. Should a campus enrollment not meet a sustainable level, we will be in communication with parents and the schools to find workable solutions.

Clayton Youth Enrichment is actively taking measures to inform our staff and children on how to minimize the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 virus.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Learn how COVID-19 spreads and practice these actions to help prevent the spread of this illness.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone should:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms of COVID-19 virus

The virus symptoms manifest as a mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How is the current COVID-19 coronavirus transmitted?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Therefore, it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. The CDC recommends as much as 6 feet. It is possible to catch the virus from someone even before they have symptoms, but little is known about this aspect of the virus at this time.

Can the virus spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects?

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

If a person has respiratory issues and a fever, contact a physician or an urgent care or other medical facility and get tested for the flu or other viral illnesses first. If your doctor or medical professional determines that, based on your symptoms and travel history that a COVID-19 test is needed, specimens will be taken and sent to a lab for testing. Click here to find a testing site.
We have received many questions from parents and guardians about how the Coronavirus is different than the flu or a cold. This chart was created by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and we are sharing it to help our families and staff understand the common symptoms of the various illnesses we see at this time of year. If you have additional questions, please contact your doctor.


All four illnesses can share similar symptoms, but there are signs that can tell you which one you may actually have. For example, the common cold rarely produces a fever, unlike the flu and the coronavirus. Conversely, sneezing is not a symptom of the flu and coronavirus like it is for the cold and allergies.


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