Child Care from YMCA Available to Essential Employees, Health Care & 1st Responders

We can all agree our children are excited to be out of school. 

But what can we do about childcare if you still have to go to work. 

Well, a new child care solution for essential employees has been announced!

Childcare is one of the biggest hurdles facing parents right now. 

YMCA of Greater Kansas City has stepped in to help.

While their facilities are closed to the general public through Sunday April 5th, The YMCA is doing their part to help the Kansas City community…

Dependable Childcare at YMCA

Various YMCA locations around the KC metro will offer essential childcare to essential employees starting next week.

This includes grocery store workers, health care workers, first responders and other people classified as “essential employees” by the government. The Y has worked to ensure the cleanliness & safety of the environment your children are in, so you can rest assured they’re safe. 

Each child will have a temporal scan upon arrival to screen for a fever (a symptom). Public health officials have been consulted throughout the process to give you even more peace of mind. 

Mandatory hygiene breaks and small groups will also be implemented in order to ensure your child’s safety & security. 

Their experienced staff is trained in first aid, risk management, CPR, first aid, recognition of illnesses & other life-saving training.

When is Essential Childcare?

Starting Monday, March 23rd essential childcare will run weekly. 

It runs Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.

There will be curbside drop-off and pick up, so there are as few people in the building as possible. This will help to reduce contact and large groups. 

What Ages Can Attend?

Children ages 5 to 12 years old can attend the YMCA essential childcare programs. 

How Much Does it Cost?

Program costs start at $150 per week, depending on the program you choose. 

There are scholarships available to children to first responders and health care workers. 

If this is something you’re interested in, you must email [email protected] to get in touch with Youth Development Services. They will be able to answer any questions you have, as well as provide more details about your options. 

What Should We Bring?

You will need to complete an Emergency Information Packet. Bring this with you on your child’s first day, as well as their homework, a device to complete on & water bottle. You will not be permitted to bring a backpack. 

Requirements vary by state, so please check the links below that correspond with the state your chosen facility is in. 

Sign-Up for YMCA Essential Care Now

There are locations across the metro, so families can get quality care no matter what part of town they’re in. The YMCA is working to add more locations in Johnson County to accommodate those families. 

You can find the latest updates from The YMCA online. 

Sign-up for Essential Care at YMCA now!


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