YMCA Childcare Program has Openings for K-5th

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Y-Kids is childcare for children kindergarten through fifth grade operated by the McPherson Family YMCA, a charitable, non-profit organization. Y-Kids is open from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday- Friday and his held at the YMCA. We are utilizing the free meal program for the students to receive breakfast and lunch. Meals will be delivered to the Y. They will also be served a HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) approved afternoon snack. We will be having families check in via our back door. Once families arrive, they will be screened per the guidelines issued by KDHE for the following:

1) Has there been any exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID19?

2) Is anyone in the household showing signs of illness and symptoms?

3) Fever greater than 100.4 degrees

4) Children with cough and /or shortness of breath will not permitted to attend.

We are limiting enrollment to ensure that we are following KDHE guidelines as follows:

Social Distancing:
We will be setting up small activity groups with a staff per group and one staff member floating between the two groups helping where they are needed. They will have designated classroom space based on the children’s age. We will be doing most of our activities in these spaces with each group having scheduled times either outdoors or in the gym for physical activities.

Screenings:
Each child/parent will be screened upon checking in at the back door. Screening will include asking if the child has symptoms of illness. We will also take their temperature and ask about family travel over the past few weeks following the most up to date State of Kansas travel restrictions.

Programming:
We are planning on helping the children through this educational gap. Activities will include reading, writing, math, science, physical activity, and STEM activities to help keep them educationally engaged while their parents are working. We will be finding creative ways to help the children learn while still having fun.

Contact our childcare director Ameilea Alexander at ameileaalexander@ymca-mrc.org for more information or to get an enrollment packet.

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