YMCA expands child care for essential workers to more districts

Children from infancy to age 12 can receive care.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 3:27 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 6:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- YMCA is now providing emergency child care for essential workers in more districts.

First responders, health care workers, and others doing work deemed essential during the pandemic can utilize the program.

Brian Steffen, CEO of Eugene Family YMCA, said this is a way to give back to the workers keeping us all safe during this time.

"There's hundreds of families in the community right now who need this type of care because workers and families are out there being heroes working for our community," he said.

YMCA is partnering with multiple districts to provide the service, including Eugene School District 4J, Springfield Public Schools, Bethel School District, and South Lane School District.

Children from infancy to age 12 can receive care. The program offers distance learning support for students whether they are learning virtually or on paper.


Chelsea Whitney, a public health nurse, is a mother of a child who is going to Holt Elementary's care site. She said as a single mother, the YMCA child care program makes it possible to work without additional stress.

"So that was just this huge relief to know that (my child) was going to be someplace with people that knew them, had known them for a while, and that I really trusted to provide quality care," she said. 

Children are screened every morning before entering a site, and to keep social distance, no more than 10 children are in an area at a time.

Steffen also said they are maximizing time outdoors and sanitizing all surfaces children come into contact with.

For more information about the program, click here.

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