Eugene YMCA, school districts partner to provide childcare for first responders

Eugene YMCA CEO Brian Steffen said 45 children have been signed up for childcare so far.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 12:32 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 7:14 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Local organizations are stepping up to provide childcare for children of first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Eugene Family YMCA is joining with Eugene School District 4J, Bethel School District and the City of Eugene to offer emergency, all-day childcare for first responders and medical staff beginning Monday, March 23. 

The YMCA said strict regulations will be in place regarding physical distance, hand-washing and equipment use. Group size will also be limited.

Eugene YMCA CEO Brian Steffen said 45 children have been signed up for childcare so far. 

"The capacity can be significantly increased as the need in the community expands. We're constantly looking at what that potential could be," Steffen said.

Holt Elementary, South Eugene High School and Meadowview Elementary are being used for the childcare facilities.

Steffen said the YMCA and school district will continue the childcare as long as needed. First responders and medical staff can inquire with their employers about utilizing the expanded services. 

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