Childcare Resources for Families During the COVID-19 School Closure

Find Resources Here; Scroll Down for Information about the YMCA Programs for Essential Workers

Office of Child and Family Services

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, 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/.

Child Care Resource & Referral Agency

If you are looking for child care, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs. Please contact:

  • Brightside Up (formally Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.)
  • Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
  • 91 Broadway, 
Menands, NY 12204
  • Phone: (518) 426-7181, ext. 323 
Fax: (518) 426-9649
  • Email: akovacik@cdcccc.org
  • Website: http://www.cdcccc.org/

YMCA School-Age Childcare Program for Essential Workers

(Scroll down for information about Y programs for children younger than school age)

The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.

For the complete list, please check here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

The Y has also partnered with several other organizations, such as the Victory Church, and is providing food for children in Albany, Greenbush, Schenectady and Troy.

Locations Providing Care

  • Arbor Hill Elementary — 1 Arbor Drive, Albany, NY 12207
  • Eagle Point Elementary — 1044 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
  • Giffen Elementary — 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202
  • Hoosick Falls Central School — 21187 NY RT 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
  • New Scotland Elementary — 369 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
  • Philip Schuyler Achievement — 676 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy — 400 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

YMCA Branches Providing Care

  • Bethlehem — 900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Duanesburg — 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
  • Glenville — 127 Droms Road, Glenville, NY 12302
  • Greenbush — 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
  • Greene County — 35 Rt. 81, Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
  • Guilderland — 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084
  • Schenectady — 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Southern Saratoga — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065
  • Troy — 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180

YMCA Childcare Programs for Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at their 4 Early Learning Centers:

Clifton Park
KidzLodge Early Learning Center
47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
518.881.0055

Duanesburg
Early Learning Center
185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056
518.356.6400

Glenville
Learning Ladder Early Learning Center
547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302
518.360.8090

Scotia
Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center
204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302
518.374.4914

Online registration can be found at: www.CDYMCA.org/EmergencyChildcare

You’re also welcome to call the Capital District YMCA at 518.869.3500.

To provide childcare scholarship assistance for essential personnel during these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA sets a goal to raise $250,000 towards the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, an emergency childcare fund for essential personnel as defined by Governor Cuomo.

The Y always accepts families, regardless of their ability to pay. By contributing to the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, the people of our region will make a direct and immediate impact by helping the Y provide safe, high-quality care for children whose parents and guardians have no choice but to report to work.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together for our first responders, medical professionals, and essential workers, and help care for their children and lighten their financial burden, as they must report to work and keep our community healthy and safe,” noted Capital District YMCA President David Brown.

Please join the Capital District YMCA by demonstrating how we come together and serve those who need us the most. Visit www.CDYMCA.org today.

 

About the Capital District YMCA

The Capital District YMCA is one of the area’s largest non-profits focused on engaging individuals and families in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is dedicated to helping people achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging. The YMCA ensures these opportunities are available to everyone no matter their ability to pay with generous support from community partners and donors. For more information about the Y, visit www.CDYMCA.org or call 518.869.3500.