March 21, 2020
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE REVISED
Yesterday the Governor announced that YMCA’s would offer care to school-aged children of Tier 2 Emergency workers. While this is not part of our normal programming, we accepted the challenge. In doing so, we set this up under the guidelines presented by the Governor which included a rate of $40/day per child. We have since clarified with state officials that we can determine a rate better suited for our community. Based on local research we are lowering the rate to $30/day per child. While this still may be a hardship for many, we are offering financial assistance. We are working diligently to ensure that critical workers in our community have access to the quality care they need and deserve. Based on the need, we may be able to provide lunch on-site to help relieve the burden on families.
In addition to Tier 2 Emergency workers we will look to accommodate other essential workers that have not yet been classified by the Governor. Employees considered Tier 1 can access FREE care through the Austin Public Schools.
Tier 2 Emergency workers MUST REGISTER FOR CARE. If you are in need of Tier 2 Child Care, please fill out this form, we will screen the information collected and prioritize the Care to our Essential Emergency workers first.
We all need to be considerate of others, this is a difficult time for us all and we are doing our best to work through these processes that have been mandated. The Y is known for bringing communities together and finding solutions during challenging times. We are ready to accept this challenge and work to fill this need in our community.
Updates as of March 20, 2020
Governor Tim Walz announced today that Minnesota will partner with the YMCA’s to care for the school-age children of emergency workers in Minnesota. The YMCA at ACRC is ready to meet this need in our community.
We are offering child care to Essential Emergency Workers and working to assess the additional need for non-essential Child Care. If you are in need of Child Care, please fill out this form, we will screen the information collected and prioritize the Care to our Essential Emergency Workers first. Please be mindful that if we have the need for more child care, we will do our best to accommodate.
This first round of child care will be capped at 18 due to staffing and social distance practices. If we find the need for child care is greater, we will reassess and look to add additional capacity.
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- Monday – Friday
- 8:30a – 5:00p
- $40/day per child
- Each child must provide their own snack and lunch, daily*
- Staff will meet all children and check temperature before being allowed in the facility
- Financial Assistance will be available to those in need
*Once the need is established, we have the ability to have lunches delivered, onsite!