Many essential workers are having trouble finding childcare, especially with area schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why 14 Houston-area YMCAs are offering childcare for essential workers who are members or non-members.
Kimberly Woods and her husband are both essential workers, with two children. She was so thankful to be able to have the YMCA offer childcare. “It’s great that the YMCA recognizes the need. Many families like mine, where both husband and wife are considered essential personnel, have kids, and that’s a definite need and they’re able to step up and provide that need for the childcare,” says Woods.
Eligibility requirements for the essential childcare program include:
- Children of emergency first responders such as police force, firefighters, EMS, medical personnel, city or county staff responding to the crisis, grocery store staff, pharmacy employees, and others providing critical services to the community during this time.
- Proof of employment must be provided upon first check-in.
- Ages 12 months – 12 years are welcomed, with varying locations servicing different age ranges. Please click here for a full list of locations.
The program will run from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Youth will participate in a wide array of fun enrichment activities such as arts, crafts, games, literacy, STEAM and more. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided by the Houston Food Bank.
Each child has a health screening upon arrival and throughout the day. YMCAs are also complying with all CDC guidelines and maintaining social distancing.
The YMCA of Greater Houston has also partnered with St. Luke’s Health, Kelsey-Seybold and Houston Food Bank to provide childcare for their employees’ children.