ChildCare

While you run wild on the slopes, let your little ones rest, relax and explore at Keystone Daycare.

Daycare Reservations

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For any questions, please call the Keystone Children's Center at (970) 496-4181

  • Children's Center Opens: Nov 8, 2019
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

You'll save up to 10% when you book in advance, at least 48 hours prior to your reservation.

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We book up fast! Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Reservations must be made 2 days in advance
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Perfect for children too young to hit the slopes, or those needing a break from the on-snow fun. Enjoy a safe, fun-filled environment for your children at Keystone's childcare center. Our Winter hours of operation are 8:30AM - 4:00PM, seven days a week beginning Nov. 8, 2019.

Reservations are recommended, although we do accept walk-ins on a space available basis. Childcare slots do fill up, particularly on weekends and during peak visitation periods. We recommend reserving childcare spots prior to arrival at the resort for guaranteed placement. We do our best to accommodate all needs. 

To schedule a tour prior to your date of reservation please contact the center to arrange a time. The tour cannot occur during the drop off time. Limited time slots are available for tours.

Directions to the River Run Children's Center:
Take Highway 6 East from I-70 to Keystone. Stay in right lane until forced to turn right onto East Keystone Road, take immediate left onto Gondola Road. Enter the large parking lot and park as far left or east as possible. The daycare is located in the Silver Mill Courtyard in River Run Village, directly behind Starbucks.

For nursing accommodations, please call 970.496.4181

Daycare Policies

Cancellation Policy

A full 24 hour cancellation notice is required prior to the first day of the reservation. Without a full 24 hours notice (that is by 10:00 am on the day preceding your reservation), your credit card will be automatically charged for one full day per child. A no call or no show on a reservation will be charged one full day cancellation fee and the rest of reservation will be canceled. For cancellations made within 24 hours, a $50 processing fee will be charged. Your reservation holds your child’s space until 10:00 am. No refunds will be given due to weather.

Change Policy

Changes can be made by calling the center and are subject to a $50 processing fee if calling within 24 hours of your reservation. Changes are allowed only if availability for the requested date of change.

Enrollment and Illness Policy

Vail Resorts reserves the right to limit enrollment and/or refuse admittance to any child who, in Vail Resorts sole discretion, does not fit into the program due to age, adaptability, or illness. Children showing any signs of illness (i.e. cough, runny nose, upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, etc) will not be allowed to participate in our program for at least 24 hours after they are free of all symptoms.

Note: Your child must be fever-free, without medication, for a full 24 hours before participating in our programs.

You will be required to sign a Children’s Center ASSUMPTION OF RISK, HOLD-HARMLESS, RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT prior to your child’s participation.

Operation Dates and Hours

The daycare is open 7 days a week in accordance with opening and closing dates for the mountain ski season. Our hours of operation are 8:30AM - 4:00PM. Children must be checked in no later than 10AM for all programs, and picked up no later than 4PM; a late fee of $1 per minute applies to any child left in center after closing.

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We look forward to seeing you at Keystone this season! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. (970) 496-4181

See Below for links to our Illness Policy and Release Form:

Child Care Illness Policy 2019-2020 Child Care Release Form

Infant Program

Our infant program caters to ages 2 months to 15 months and maintains a ratio of one caregiver for every three infants, maximum group size is 6. This program is designed to provide individualized quality care to guest children within a primary care system; our trained staff adheres to schedules detailed by parents.

Pricing (Winter 2019-20)

  • Advanced Reservation, Reserve Online at least 48 hours in Advance: $135
  • Walk Up Rate: $149
  • Half Day (only available via phone reservation): $99
    • AM Half Day 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • PM Half Day 12:30-4 p.m.

What to Bring: You must provide any bottles or baby food your child will need during the day. We provide snacks, lunch and drinks for those who eat table food. It is important to bring six disposable diapers, a change of clothes and any special items your child has an attachment to. Cribs, blankets and sheets are provided; we also have a wide range of age appropriate toys and offer exploration areas as well as excersaucers and bouncy seats for younger infants. The Keystone Children’s Center meets or exceeds the standards set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for ski area child care facilities.

Toddler Program

Our toddler programs allows ages 16 to 30 months to play the day away with age appropriate toys, art projects, and group activities. The toddler program is intended to provide a stimulating, fun, safe and loving environment within a primary care system. The ratio is one caregiver for every 4 children with a maximum group size of 12. Children must arrive prior to 10 a.m. Children go outside everyday, weather permitting. Children will not be admitted into program after 10 a.m.

Pricing (Winter 2019-20)

  • Advanced Reservation, Reserve Online at least 48 hours in Advance: $135
  • Walk Up Rate: $149
  • Half Day (only available via phone reservation): $99
    • *ONLY AM Half Day available for the toddler classroom: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

What to Bring: Children must be sun screened upon arrival with coat, snow pants, waterproof mittens, and hat (eye protection is recommended). It is important to bring six disposable diapers or pull-ups, a change of clothes and any special items your child has an attachment to. Drinks, two snacks and lunch served with fruit and vegetables are provided. You will need to provide your child a lunch if allergies exist or on special diets. We are a NUT-FREE center. Children must be checked in before 10 a.m.

Activity Schedule:

  • 8:30-9:30 - check-in, art projects, and free play
  • 9:30-10:00 - clean up, snack, diaper changes/potty
  • 10:00-10:30 - group time, sing songs, dance, read stories
  • 10:30-11:00 - dressed for outside
  • 11:00-12:00 - outside time (weather permitting)
  • 12:00-12:45 - undress, lunch, diaper changes/potty
  • 12:45-2:45 - rest time (children are required to rest if in program for more than 4 hours)
  • 2:45-3:15 - table activities (play dough, puzzles, sensory activities, coloring)
  • 3:15-3:30 - clean up, snack, diaper changes/potty.
  • 3:30-4:00 - free play & pick-up

The Keystone Children’s Center meets or exceeds the standards set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for ski area child care facilities.

Playschool Program

The playschool program is structured like a regular childcare program and is an alternative for children ages 2.5 - 6 years who do not wish to ski. The room provides a variety of learning experiences set up for supervised independent access. The ratio is one caregiver for every seven child and the maximum group size is 20. Children must arrive prior to 10 a.m. Children go outside everyday, weather permitting. Children will not be admitted into program after 10 a.m.

Pricing (Winter 2019-20)

  • Advanced Reservation, Reserve Online at least 48 hours in Advance: $135
  • Walk Up Rate: $149
  • Half Day (only available via phone reservation): $99
    • AM Half Day 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • PM Half Day 12:30-4 p.m.

What to Bring: Children must be sun screened upon arrival with coat, snow pants, waterproof mittens, and hat (eye protection is recommended). It is important to bring six disposable diapers or pull-ups, a change of clothes and any special items your child has an attachment to. Drinks, two snacks and lunch served with fruit and vegetables are provided. You will need to provide your child a lunch if allergies exist or on special diets. We are a NUT-FREE center. Children must be checked in before 10 a.m.

Activity Schedule:

  • 8:30-9:30 - check-in, art projects, and free play
  • 9:30-10:00 - clean up, snack, diaper changes/potty
  • 10:00-10:30 - group time, read stories, sing songs
  • 10:30-11:00 - dressed for outside
  • 11:00-12:00 - nature walk to snow paint & play - outside time (weather permitting)
  • 12:00-12:45 - undress, clean up, lunch, diaper changes/potty
  • 12:45-2:45 - rest time (children are required to rest in a program that is at least 4 hours) Children will be given quiet activities on their mats if they no longer nap.
  • 2:45-4:00 - clean up, snack, diaper changes/potty. Games & pick-up

The Keystone Children’s Center meets or exceeds the standards set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for ski area child care facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to check in with my child?
Check in time for the childcare program is between 8:30am and 10:00am. The center will not admit children after 10:00am and your spot is only held until 10:00am.

What if I am running late?
Reservations cannot be guaranteed past 10:00am. If you find that you will not be able to arrive by 10:00am, please call. We will do what we can to accommodate you in as long as it does not interrupt our programs.

Does my child need to be potty trained to be in the Playschool Program (31 months-6 years)?
No

Will my child go outside?
All children in the center in both the toddler and playschool programs will go outside every day, weather permitting. If the temperature is below 20 degrees with wind-chill, the children will stay inside and do gross motor activities indoors.

Will my child take a nap?
All children in the center, in all rooms will be given the opportunity to rest and or nap. State licensing requires that all children rest for at least 45 minutes while in group care. Cots, cribs, pack and plays and mats are provided dependent on the child's age. We provide blankets and sheets as well. Rest time for the toddler and playschool classrooms is from 12:45-2:45. This time allows children who need to sleep to do so and those who will just rest to have rest time and then engage in quiet table activities. We set up the room for nap by closing the curtains and playing quiet instrumental music or white noise. Teachers help children relax by patting or rubbing their backs.

My child is 8 but developmentally is more like a 5 year old, can they attend?
Unfortunately we are not permitted to accept any child after they have turned 7 due to our license.

Do you accept children with special needs?
We aspire to make reasonable accommodations for children with special needs in our group programs. However, due to our ratios our programs may not be fit for the individual needs of some children. We recommend accessing babysitting services to better meet your needs.

My child has an allergy, what precautions will you take to ensure they are cared for correctly?
If your child is allergic to a particular kind of medication, you should list that on his emergency release form at check in.If your child has a food allergy, you should make the front desk aware of the allergy, what precautions to take, what their symptoms are and what steps need to be taken in the event of an allergic reaction. You will also need to note this information on the forms you fill out during drop off.If your child has a food allergy, we recommend you provide your own lunch and snacks. We are a nut free facility.If your child requires an epi-pen, this must be provided. We have staff on hand trained to administer certain medications.

Do I need to bring my child’s immunization records?
No. We are governed by state laws but operate under a special license. This is not required.

What happens if my child is unhappy or cries all day?
If your child remains upset after the initial adjustment period, which is usually about 45 minutes, we will contact you. Our staff will ask for some more information as to how to get them settled. They will continue to work with the child, engage them in activities, cuddle them, read to them, reassure them that their parents will return, etc. Some children need more time than others to adjust and we want to give them that time. If by the time the children come back in from outside, your child has not been able to settle down then we will ask you to come pick them. It is not an option to leave a child who is inconsolable at the children’s center. Children will also be sent home if they vomit due to excessive crying or if they become physically agitated.

Can I ski at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper or another ski resort close by while my child is at the Keystone Children’s Center?
No. The state requires that you to be on Keystone property while your child is in our care. If you wish to visit another ski area for the day, we suggest you make reservations at their onsite facilities. If it is determined that you are not on Keystone Property, you will be asked to immediately pick up your child and forfeit the remainder of your reservations.

Can I come in and visit my child throughout the day?
It has been our experience that the less transitions and separations we can have the child encounter throughout the day, the better their day is. We do not allow parents to come back to the center to visit their child and then drop them off again (unless you are breastfeeding). If you would like to come visit your child, we would suggest that at that time you pick them up for the day.My child loves their tablet and/or phone. Can I bring it in for them to use throughout the day?We are a completely screen free center. A child will not be able to use any device at the center throughout the day.

How do I cancel my reservation?
A full 24 hour cancellation notice is required prior to the first day of the reservation. Without a full 24 hours’ notice (that is by 10:00 am on the day preceding your reservation), your credit card will be automatically charged for one full day per child. A no call or no show on a reservation will be charged one full day cancellation fee and the rest of reservation will be canceled. For cancellations made within 24 hours, a $50 processing fee will be charged. Your reservation holds your child’s space until 10:00 am. No refunds will be given due to weather. You must call 970-496-4181 to cancel. Emailed cancellations will not be accepted.

What is my child is sick prior to check in, what are my options?
You must call the center to inform us that you are not planning to attend due to your child being ill. There is a fee for cancelling within 24 hours. If we are able to fill your spot for that day, we will refund you in full.For children who become ill during their stay with us, parents will be notified and the Health Department guidelines will be followed. If your child is not well enough to return on the following days, you will not be charged.

What should I bring for my child?
Snowsuit, snow pants, snow jacket, waterproof gloves, hat, sunglasses (if preferred), change of clothes, at least 6 diapers, food if your child has allergies or dietary restrictions, security items.We provide lunch, snack, water, milk and baby wipes.