Children Ages 5-12
NOTE: You are not fully registered until you complete ALL the steps below and receive a confirmation email.
- Complete the online Registration Form to be placed on our waitlist.
- Complete the Required Information packet (click here) and email the completed form to Tonya Creed ([email protected]).
- Email a picture of proof of essential employment to Tonya Creed, including ONE of the following:
- Work ID
- HR Verification Letter
- Current Paystub
- Essential Personnel Letter with your Name and Company Name
- Participants must register by 7pm to be eligible for care the next day. We will not accept any next-day participants past 7pm.
- Please complete all steps listed above (Step 3 is for New Enrollees only).
- No Child Care State Application is needed! Steps 1-3 above are ALL that are needed to be registered for camp. Again, you are not fully registered until you receive a confirmation email.
Emergency Childcare Camp Overview:
The YMCA of East Tennessee is a long-time provider of licensed, high-quality child care in our community. While our 17 after school child care programs are out of service due to the local school system closure, trained and experienced YMCA child care staff are available to provide safe, high-quality child care in alternate locations beginning Monday, March 23rd.
- Cost: FREE for Essential Workers
- Days and Times:
- Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm
- Begins March 23rd and will run indefinitely
- Ages: Children ages 5-12
- Emergency Child Care Camp Locations:
- Cansler Family YMCA (Downtown/East Knoxville)
- North Side YMCA (Halls)
- West Towne Christian Church (West Knoxville)
- West Side YMCA (West Knoxville) – This location currently full.
- Eligibility: We are currently accepting children of essential personnel. Should spaces become limited, we will prioritize to top tier emergency personnel to support our healthcare infrastructure.
Emergency Care Policies:
- After 2 “no-shows,” a participant will be removed from camp. If you register, please utilize our care so that we can serve as many in our community as possible.
- All participants must bring a lunch from home.
- No outside toys are allowed.
High-Quality Child Care Programming:
YMCA child care programs go above and beyond to provide so much more than a basic babysitting service. A regular day in a YMCA child care program includes STEM activities, social-emotional learning, arts and crafts, cultural awareness and diversity, reading and literacy, technology training, physical recreation, and more, all in an uplifting environment that implements play-based learning. Children in our emergency child care camps will experience this same level of care.
Health & Safety Precautions:
To adapt our regular programming for today’s COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing various safeguards. For more detailed information, please read our Emergency Camp FAQ.
- Social Distancing: No more than 10 children are grouped together at any one time. This has been changed from the standard DHS ratio of 1:20. Our curriculum will encourage individual activities in a group setting with adequate distancing rather than team/contact activities.
- Wellness Checks: Both staff and participants are required to take an oral temperature each day before working or being accepted for care. No temperature higher than 99.9 is allowed. Temperatures are taken outside of the facility to ensure that no one with a fever enters and/or infects others in the facility.
- Rigorous Sanitation and Cleaning: In addition to standard DHS cleaning regulations, we have employed additional staff solely to sanitize facilities and equipment. A staff person whose sole responsibility is to clean and sanitize is designated for each space and each group of children. Each group’s “cleaner” will focus on high touch-points like doorknobs, light switches, and faucets. Additionally, this dedicated cleaner will rotate toys between groups and sanitize toys from one group to the next to prevent cross-contamination and eliminate germs.
- Equipment Changes: We have eliminated any porous materials including dress-up clothes, bean bag chairs, plush stuffed animals, dolls, etc., ensuring that all toys and equipment can be sanitized with commercial-grade cleaning products easily and effectively.
- Increased Universal Precautions: Every 30-45 minutes, every staff person and child will be required to wash hands using anti-bacterial hand soap. This is more frequent than currently required by DHS regulations. We will still implement hand-washing at all required times, including before and after snacks or lunch, at entry, and before exit.