YMCA offering free child care for essential employees
EASTON, Md. – The Easton YMCA is offering free childcare for critical employees who are still working during this pandemic.
The YMCA of the Chesapeake had to close all eleven locations last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So many branches are now pivoting to services like school meal delivery or standby shelters. Right now, the Easton YMCA is the only location on the Shore offering child care for first responders, health care workers and other essential employees. It’s a service the Y says is needed as schools are closed.
“Our facilities are being closed and we are asking our members to stay with us so that we can provide a critical need in our community. If these folks that are on the frontlines aren’t showing up to work because of child care, then we are going to be dealing with the virus for much longer,” says Derek White, the group executive for the YMCA of the Chesapeake.
Other YMCAs on the Shore may transition to offer this type of child care in the future. They also have nurses on site monitoring the health of all children as they are dropped off.
To learn more, even if you’re outside their service area, you can email: TalbotKids@YMCAChesapeake.org.
YMCA of the Chesapeake branches have partnered with local governments and community partners to provide space for, and assist with, the following critical services:
- The Cecil County Family YMCA is on standby as a shelter in care location for Union Hospital, should they need childcare services or overflow beds if the hospitals reach capacity.
- The Kent County Family YMCA is working with local food pantries to continue food distribution to students and seniors
- The Caroline County Family YMCA collaborated with Caroline County Public Schools to deliver meals to families in the Ridgely area and have partnered with a larger group giving meals out at locations from Marydel to Federalsburg. Additionally, a mobile site is set up to give a days worth of meals to each child Mondays – Thursdays and on Thursday, they are provided a bookbag with meals for the weekend.
- In Talbot County, the Easton Family YMCA is pivoting our available resources and staff to provide a shelter of care for children of health care workers, first responders and “essential” employees protecting our community. The Perkins Family YMCA is also serving as a donation drop-off for all food pantries in the Bay Hundred.
- In Dorchester County, the Pauline F. & W. David Robbins Family YMCA is available as a shelter in care location and for food delivery resources, if needed.
- In Wicomico and Worcester counties the Henson and Lower Shore Family YMCAs are on standby as a shelter of care location for emergency and health care workers if the hospital daycare exceeds their capacity as well as for food delivery.
- The David Landsberger Family YMCA continues to assist in delivering meals to 60-70 shut-ins on Chincoteague Island.
Across all our branches, staff is checking in on all senior members with advice for them to safely stay healthy and active at home