CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Emergency childcare will soon be available for the children of first responders and crucial medical workers working in the fight against COVID-19.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago announced Saturday that it is rapidly preparing two of its local Y centers, closed since Tuesday, March 17, 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns, to support essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic with their childcare needs.
Starting Monday, the Y will reopen its Irving Park YMCA in the city and Buehler YMCA in Palatine to each receive 50 children aged between 5-12 years. First responders and health care workers will be able to drop off their children at one of the two locations for childcare assistance from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Our nurses, doctors, paramedics, police, and firefighters are our first line of defense in this global health crisis and they are working tirelessly to reduce the devastating impact of this virus. But they have families to take care of too. This is the time to band together and pool our resources to help each other. The Y knows childcare. And we firmly believe that during times of need, it is our responsibility as a community organization to step up and lend a helping hand to those who need it,” said Denise Lam, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, in a statement.
The Emergency Response Childcare Program will cost $60 per child per day and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an afternoon snack for all participants, as well as staff salaries.
Interested families are advised to register immediately as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Financial assistance is available in certain situations and parents are advised to call Member Services at 773-905-5115 (Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. -7 p.m.).