COVID-19 Emergency Childcare | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

Emergency Childcare Services

For essential workers in our community offered at no cost.

We are pleased to share that the MetroWest YMCA has been approved to provide Emergency Child Care Programming for essential workers in our community. This free drop-in care is designed to be a last resort for people who fill critical roles in our community and have exhausted all other options for care for their children so that they can work.

The program will take place in our Framingham Branch and will serve up to 80 children in our Early Learning Center as well as our Youth Development Zone serving children from 15 months – 5th grade from 7:00-6:00 weekdays starting Tuesday, March 24. This program is available on a first come, first serve basis with pre-registration strongly encouraged. Families should limit the time that their children are in this setting as much as possible recognizing that staying home and out of group settings is the best way to prevent becoming sick with COVID-19. Families who are interested in having their children participate should fill out the interest form here. We will follow up with you to confirm availability, answer any additional questions you have, and share specific details including what to bring.

Here at the Y, we are committed to providing a safe drop-in child care experience for your child. During this emergency period, we will be taking the following preventative measures:

  • We will perform daily temperature checks for all children (and staff) entering our program; any person with a temperature over 100.4 will not be allowed to participate in the program that day. Children and staff to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath will be sent home immediately.
  • We ask that all families enter the program through the Early Learning Center entrance in the rear of the building located at 282 Old Connecticut Path, at the end of the parking lot on the Concord Street side of the building near the fields. Please note that the door is locked at all times; simply ring the doorbell and you will be buzzed in.
  • There will be an entry/staging area to take temperatures and for parents to say “good-bye” to their children; parents will not be allowed in the Center-proper as we’re trying to reduce the risk of exposure.
  • Likewise, at the end of the day when you pick-up your child, we will have parents wait in the staging area and your child will be brought to you.
  • Please remember to bring a picture ID and a pen, as you’ll be required to sign your child in and out of the program and we want to limit the sharing of materials.
  • Upon arrival and regularly throughout the day, children will be required to wash their hands (such as before all meals and/or snacks, any time they move from space to space and when using the bathroom).
  • We will encourage social distancing and limit group size and group activities accordingly. It is our plan to spend time outside (to play, exercise and get fresh air)! Please send the appropriate outerwear/shoes for your child.
  • We will clean the rooms throughout the day (as children move to the gym or head outside) and also disinfect and sanitize each night.

We understand these are stressful and uncertain times. We’re here to help. You can find more COVID-19 resources on our website here. As the situation is changing rapidly, we will communicate with you individually at drop-off and pick-up each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Glennon at schoolsout@metrowestymca.org, 508-626-8271 x246 or me directly. Thank you.

Take care,

Heidi

Heidi Kaufman, MSW, CAGS
Executive Director of Education hkaufman@metrowestymca.org
Office: (508) 626-8271 x266
Direct line: (508) 876-6070