March 21, 2020

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.


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.

  • 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!

March 18, 2020
We understand your frustration in all of this, but we want you to know that this is out of our control. This is the words, directly from NIHCA (National Independent Health Club Association):

“At this time, the insurance companies and our employer groups are NOT changing the structure of workout threshold for the Fitness Reimbursement programs. IF your fitness center closes, the workouts collected in your software during your open business hours is what will count towards that member’s monthly NIHCA rewards submission in April. This is not NIHCA’s decision; this is the decision from our insurance and employer group partners.”

Visit our Fitness on-Demand page for information on at home workouts.

March 17, 2020
Dear Members of the Y Family,

As you may already be aware, Governor Walz made an executive order to close bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues as of 5pm Tuesday, March 17th . His declaration includes gyms and fitness centers. With this order we are forced to close our facility to the public beginning, Tuesday March 17th at 5pm until Friday March, 27th at which time we will reassess the situation. While this decision was made for us, it is still an uneasy situation, as we all know how integral our Y community is to our members, staff, and volunteers. We are relationship builders with a passion for bringing people together to reach common goals. 

As this is all happening quickly, we do not currently have all the answers, though I can share the following: 

  • We will keep you updated on the situation via email, on our website and on our social media channels.
  • Our Fitness Team will be active on social media, encouraging you and the rest of our family to remain on your health journey, and to support everyone’s wellbeing and mental health.
  • We are introducing Y360 , an on-demand fitness program for adults and kids to do at home which you can access today!

For those of you who are able, we ask you to continue your dues without interruption. We have gone through a very big undertaking transitioning to this new building while still needing to maintain our old facility. Your support will allow us to continue our mission of strengthening and supporting our community and serving you when we open again! If you prefer to put your membership on hold, please complete this short form to allow us to start the process.

COVID-19 has created enormous uncertainty; however, how we manage it is in our control. Join us in creating a history that demonstrates how our family came together and served those who needed us the most. It is in times of darkness that we tend to shine our greatest light on one another; I think our brightest days are ahead. For 67 years here in Austin, our Y has taken on challenges, and found solutions. This time will be no different!  I promise that we will reopen at first chance, and hope that you will find it in your heart to continue to support us.

Best regards,
Diane Baker
Executive Director

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