The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga has been operating Essential Worker Childcare efforts since March in response to COVID-19. Childcare sites are a collaborative effort by the YMCA to respond to the need for childcare for those working in essential worker roles.
Two additional sites supporting these efforts will formally open on Monday at 801 S. Willow Street in Chattanooga, and Parkview Elementary in Cleveland.
In addition to these two new sites, the YMCA also plans to add two more sites over the next couple weeks - at Redbank Middle School and Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences (CSAS).
• Like all YMCA Essential Worker Childcare sites, drop off begins at 6:30 a.m. and pick up is at 6 p.m.
• Funding is provided at no charge through the Federal Child Care Development Fund. Verification of qualifying essential worker/employee ID is required.
• The childcare is open to children ages 4-12.
• Currently, about 240 chidlren are enrolled across all sites. The Y has enforced strict COVID-19 safety protocol at each site, including staff wearing masks at all times; daily temperature checks for both children and parents at drop off; separation of children into smaller groups to adhere to social distancing; and cleaning regularly of all occupied spaces.
• The new Willow Street site will be hosting tutors and doing academic testing as part of a summer learning program based on the child’s grade level.
• Limited spots are available at each site.
To register or for more information about the new Willow Street Essential Worker Childcare site, email Joseph Boswell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gladys Pineda at email@example.com. For information on Parkview Elementary Essential Worker Childcare, email Rubye McGruder at firstname.lastname@example.org.