By Kyle Cunningham
While many businesses in the area were either forced to close or restricted in access, the Gateway Region YMCA has been at the forefront in providing emergency childcare to those in need.
According to Executive Director Nina Lyndhurst, the YMCA is the largest provider of child care in the area with many curriculum based activities to help better program a well balanced day in order to keep children engaged. Assignments are also given throughout the day as well as the availability of meals and snacks.
Safety has been at the forefront of the minds with those who operate these facilities as they make sure that CDC guidelines are followed to preserve the well-being of the students.
“Daily health checks will be completed upon arrival for all children,” Lindhorst said. “If childcare is denied we will require the child to have a doctor’s note to return to the center.”
If a child’s temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, care will be denied. All children must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) for the last 72 hours. Answering “yes to specific questions related to travel, sickness or contact with individuals under quarantine or with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may cause denial of care.
To further ensure the safety of the facility, a YMCA staff member will escort children into the center.
“Parents/Guardians will not be allowed past a certain checkpoint,” Lyndhurst said. “Visitor access to the center will be restricted.”