Coronavirus Response: Emergency Childcare
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo is providing emergency childcare services to ensure that essential workers can continue to serve our community during this unprecedented time.
The YMCA has suspended traditional after school and day camp programs until schools re-open. Resources have been reprioritized for the Emergency Child Care Program. This plan is designed to help the families of medical staff, health care workers, first responders, and vulnerable populations find a safe place for children while they need to work.
This plan is different than traditional YMCA after school and day camp programs and will include the following components. Please read this information carefully to ensure that you qualify to participate and that you are prepared for our guidelines:
- Starts Monday, March 23 and continues as needed
- Monday through Friday
- 7am - 6pm
- Online registration only. No phone call registration.
REGISTRATION TERMS and FEES:
- Must be prepaid through our online registration process
- Daily prices are tiered to help accommodate families in different financial circumstances. When registering, families can select which rate they are able to pay. Information below reflects daily rates:
- If families need more assistance they can reach out to us about further scholarship options.
- For a step-by-step registration process click here (downloadable PDF)
- Rate A $35/day: covers all program costs
- Rate B $25/day: is partially subsidized and covers a portion of our direct costs
- Rate C $18/day: is subsidized by financial support from our donors
Per executive order as mandated by the office of Governor Whitmer, families who qualify as "essential workforce" includes:
- health care workers
- home health worker
- direct care workers
- emergency medical service providers
- first responders
- law enforcement personnel
- sanitation workers
- child care workers (including any employees acting as child care workers in essential workforce child care centers)
- personnel providing correctional services
- postal workers
- public health employees
- key government employees
- court personnel
- and others providing critical infrastructure to Michiganders
- Infants born by January 1, 2020 and toddlers
- School age K-5th grade
CHILDCARE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE:
- Arts and crafts
- STEM activities
- Nature walks in Kleinstuck Preserve
- Physical activity
- Sorry, no pool access
PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
- Children and staff will be evaluated each day to include fever checks and anyone with elevated temperature or multiple symptoms will be turned away.
- Children will be in small groups (max 10) in multiple locations only. No large group gatherings or activities.
- Small groups will be rotated to different activity areas in staggered rotations to allow for sanitizing in between.
- Absolutely no toys or blankets from home.
- Program space will be deep cleaned each night
CHILDREN SHOULD BRING:
- Pre-school and School-age children should bring a water bottle and a snack. Lunch will be provided.
- Infants and toddlers must provide everything (diapers, wipes, formula, snacks, lunch, etc.)
Need help? Download this PDF for detailed direction HOW TO REGISTER
Questions not addressed here can be directed to Bobby Ludwick.