YMCA offers essential child care programs and added support

YMCA offers extra childcare

The YMCA of Okanagan has announced it will be providing extra programs for children of parents who are considered essential workers in Penticton and Kelowna.

The organization is taking extra precautions in the delivery of child care programs during this time, including the reduction of teacher-to-child ratios by half and restructuring activities to adhere to social distancing regulations. 

In Penticton, child care spaces are available for children whose parents or guardians are working in positions identified in the top 3 tiers of COVID-19 essential services in British Columbia.

This includes parents or guardians working as health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and more.

Priority will be given to children 0-12 years of age for the program at Queen's Park Elementary, which runs between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 

To determine eligibility for the Penticton program, parents or guardians of children ages 12 and under are asked to complete a quick survey online

In Kelowna, licensed out of school care is on offer for children of parents or guardians performing essential services, and priority will be given to school-aged children 5 to 12 years old. 

The program will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 

To determine eligibility for the Kelowna program, parents or guardians of children ages 5 to 12 are asked to complete a quick survey online. Weekly registration is available for $210 per week.

Parents or guardians who complete the online survey for either location will be contacted as soon as possible by staff. 

"We are here to support our community and essential services employees, providing caring and committed staff who are eager to work, along with safe spaces for children to learn, be active and thrive," says YMCA child care general manager Danielle Miranda. 

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