Anita B.

YMCA Child Care

When schools closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Anita wasn’t sure what her family would do. Anita and her husband are both registered nurses and small business owners. With a public health crisis looming, they would both need to work full-time, but without school for their kindergartener and first-grader, they didn’t know how they would do it. With the family at risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, neither their regular babysitter or grandma were an option.

“It was a pretty rough week that first week,” Anita says. “My husband had to adjust his schedule and cut his hours. I wouldn’t finish up my charting until past midnight. I knew that it was not going to be a sustainable thing for us.”

So, when Anita found out that the Y would be offering free child care for essential workers in partnership with the school district, she was relieved. Now, their kids receive care all day and get to participate in fun activities, work on their academic packets. Through it all, the kids have been able to stay together — a bright spot in a difficult time.

“It’s been a huge relief to have daily, reliable, health-oriented, activity-oriented, and wholesome care for my kids,” says Anita. “It’s been a huge blessing.”

She also appreciates the precautions YMCA Child Care is taking to ensure the safety and continued health of the children in their care. Staff at school sites screen everyone for symptoms of COVID-19, enforce social distancing, and encourage good hygiene practices, such as regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and handwashing.

“I don’t know what we would do at this point without child care through the Y. It’s been really convenient and kind of amazing for us.”

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