Throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon in times of crisis, conflict, and strife to provide critical services. In the past few days, the YMCA of Southern Nevada has been contacted by emergency services about providing childcare for their mission-critical staff. Without schools in session, they cannot work; and without work, they cannot provide for their families or serve our community.
With the support and assistance of local community partners, the Y is prepared to offer full-day emergency childcare for first responders, military, hospital personnel, and other essential staff that must report to work. During this program, children will enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, movies, and supervision from experienced Y staff.
We will take extraordinary precautions in the provision of this service. Our emergency childcare facility has been thoroughly cleaned using HALT, a hospital-grade bacteriacidal, virucidal, mildewcidal, fungicidal, disinfectant that is proven effective against norovirus, canine parvovirus and blood borne pathogens. Upon arrival, staff and children will receive a health screen, wash and sanitize hands, and remain in small groups of ten while also practicing social distancing.
Throughout the day, registered nurses and volunteers with a health care background will monitor children and staff, looking for symptoms of COVID-19. Those that display symptoms will be sent home immediately.
The YMCA of Southern Nevada, in partnership with Three Square, will continue to provide dinner daily from 4 PM – 6 PM at our Heinrich YMCA, Durango Hills YMCA and SkyView YMCA. In the event that emergency childcare is offered, lunch and dinner will be provided to children in our emergency care. Parents should send their children with breakfast, snacks, and a water bottle with their name clearly displayed.
YMCA Emergency Childcare will operate at the Heinrich YMCA located at 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89107, from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., seven days per week. In addition, we are also prepared to open up a second emergency childcare location at our Centennial Hills YMCA located at 6601 N Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89131, should the need arise. Parents in need of care at either location should express interest at the links at the top of the page, for each location.
Per state law, children ages 3-4 years must provide a signed Health Statement from a physician before admission. A copy of this form can be found at the link above. They will also need Proof of Immunizations. Copies of immunization records can be found at webiz.nv.gov. School-age children (5-12 years) do not need a signed Health Statement or Proof of Immunizations.
For immediate questions, please contact Association Youth & Family Director, Erica Stegall at email@example.com.
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