Reopening Plan: Childcare

We are working in partnership with the Schenectady JCC to establish a JCC-operated childcare program at district schools. The program will have a written plan that addresses social distancing, PPE usage, cleaning and disinfection requirements, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission. Protocols in how to maintain cohorts, if applicable, or group members of the same household will be considered.

Additional Childcare Resources in the Region 

As the nation continues to grapple with the spread of COVID19, emergency childcare services are available to families. 

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, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the childcare program you need.

Additionally, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great resource for childcare in the Capital Region that meets your needs. Contact BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council),  518-426-7181, for more information.

Childcare For Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Other Essential Staff

YMCA branch locations in the Capital Region are offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs and many others). View a complete list of essential workers.). Financial assistance is available for this care.

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities.

To learn more and enroll in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit the YMCA website or call 518-869-3500.

Childcare for Non-School Age Children

Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House, 518-271-6777.