YMCA is now accepting enrollments for childcare program on Minisink Valley campus for health care workers, emergency responders and essential workers

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The Middletown YMCA is opening a childcare program for health care workers, emergency responders and those deemed “essential workers” at the Minisink Valley campus during this extended school closure beginning Monday, March 30 and is accepting enrollments now.

This is the New York State- defined  “essential worker” list. 

The Minisink Valley site is located in the Intermediate School cafeteria area, where the Y’s Club Kid Program takes place while school is in session.

  •  Cost: $250 per child per week for children aged 5 to 12, with a 10 percent discount for additional siblings. (4 to 5 days of care)
  •  Cost: $185 per child per week for children aged 5 to 12 with 10 percent discount for siblings (3 days of care)
  • The program will run from 7 a.m.  to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  •   Drop off will be between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  •  At least 10 children are needed to run the program with a maximum enrollment of 40 slots.
  •  Children will be screened daily upon reporting to the school by a medical professional.
  •  Emphasis will be on social distancing and the classrooms will be sanitized on a daily basis. Parents must bring lunch and snacks.
  • The program will provide some academic activities, arts and crafts, games and physical education activities.
  •  Parents will need to provide copies of their work ID badges.

For more information on the Minisink Valley program, contact Irene Rumsey, senior program director. She needs to email you forms which need to be returned to her in advance. Ways to contact her are:

We are happy to partner with the Y on our Minisink Valley campus and grateful for all they’re doing to help our health care workers, and first responders and essential workers.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Additionally, this is a request from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS):

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need,  the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) may be able to help you find the child program you need.

It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available:  https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/