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.
- Days and Times:
- Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm
- Begins March 23rd and will run indefinitely
- $19/day for Y Members
- $23/day for Community Members
- 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, Middlebrook Pk between Ball Camp and Cedar Bluff)
- West Side YMCA (West Knoxville near West Hills)
- We are currently accepting all children, including Y members, community members, and children of emergency personnel. Should spaces become limited, we will prioritize to emergency personnel to support our health care, first responders, and our community’s needed infrastructure.
- There is a two-step process to register your child for one of our camps.
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, including:
- 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.