Emergency Child Care Services

A PROGRAM TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY   |   Ages 0 - 12

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who enters our facilities, especially our little ones.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will begin providing emergency childcare services to health care workers, first responders, and  "essential" (see list below) employees protecting our community during this time. We know families need safe and reliable place for their children, and we will care for their families while they care for our community.

We ask parents who work at either Metro Health, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health Saint Mary's or Porter Hills to contact their employer to see if they are eligible to receive our emergency childcare services. Please note, this situation is subject to change, pending future government mandates. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • A YMCA Membership is NOT required.
  • You must bring letter from employer. Please contact your HR department if you have any questions.
  • Our programs offer full and part-time care. Families can sign up for just one day or multiple days. 
  • Children must come with a prepared snack which is mindful of our peanut free zone.
  • Children must come in appropriate attire which keeps them warm and able to participate in all activities.
Child Care

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & ACTION FOR OUR CHILDREN:

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will offer FREE MEAL SACKS for children in need in partnership with Kid's Food Basket during the statewide school closure.

ANY child age 0-18 can get meal sacks at multiple locations on weekdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the duration of the COVID 19 crisis.

View Locations Here

LOCATIONS & REGISTRATION


Serving Spectrum Health

David D. Hunting YMCA - 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504

Ages: 0-12
Hours: 6am - 8pm
Meals Provided:  Breakfast and Lunch Provided

TO REGISTER, click the buttons below, you will be directed to login in to your YMCA account or create an account in order to register.

Register Here  for April 6 - 10

Register Here  for April 13 - 17

Register Here  for April 20 - 24

Register Here  for April 27 - May 1

 


Serving Porter Hills

Porter Hills - 3600 E. Fulton St East, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Ages: 0-12
Hours: 6am - 8pm
Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch Provided

TO REGISTER, click the buttons below, you will be directed to login in to your YMCA account or create an account in order to register.

Register Here  for April 6 - 10

Register Here  for April 13 - 17

Register Here  for April 20 - 24

Register Here  for April 27 - May 1

 


Serving Metro Health

SpartanNash YMCA - 5722 Metro Way SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Ages: 0-12
Hours: 6am - 8pm
Meals Provided:  Breakfast and Lunch Provided

TO REGISTER, please contact your employer for eligibility.

 


Serving Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Covenant House YMCA Child Care  - 50 Antoine St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Ages: 0-12
Hours: 6am - 8pm
Meals Provided:  Breakfast and Lunch Provided

TO REGISTER, click the buttons below, you will be directed to login in to your YMCA account or create an account in order to register. You will need to register each child separately. 
REMINDER: please contact your employer for eligibility.

Register Here

 


WHO IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

For purposes of guidance only, essential personnel are the first-responders, health care workers, and others who help maintain the health, safety, and welfare of community residents.

Here are examples of "essential" personnel: 

  • Providers of healthcare including, but not limited to, workers at clinics, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), nursing homes, long-term care and post-acute care facilities, respite houses, designated agencies, and emergency medical services 
  • Essential government employees including public health employees and employees who oversee or support all the other functions included in this list
  • Criminal justice personnel including those in law enforcement, courts, and correctional services 
  • Police, firefighters, and military
  • Employees who operate shelters or other essential services for adults, children, and families
  • Employees who ensure continuity of basic services such as electricity/gas, water, internet, plumbing, sanitation, and garbage removal
  • Employees who ensure essential transportation including public transportation, trucking, and healthcare-related transportation;
  • Employees who ensure essential food, pharmaceutical, and supplies access (e.g., grocery, food bank, feeding programs, drug store, hardware store)
  • Staff and providers of child care and education services (including custodial and kitchen staff and other support staff) for children of other essential personnel

Note that these examples are not exhaustive and the definition of essential personnel. 
GO TO: michigan.gov for a complete list of "essential" workers.


HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

  • We will take the temperatures each day for children, adults, and staff as they arrive.
  • This is a symptom-free site. Children, staff, and adults with symptoms will not be admitted.
  • Children will wash hands prior to joining their group at the beginning of each day.
  • We will enforce increased hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Children will be in the same group during the day.
  • We will avoid large group gatherings.
  • Equipment and touchpoints will be wiped down on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • This is a non-therapeutic site. We are unable to provide one-on-one assistance to children.