YMCA of Greater Birmingham offering crisis child care at several locations

Health care workers, emergency responders and other essential personnel going to work during the coronavirus pandemic are getting help with child care from the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.

“The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is uniquely equipped — and privileged — to help those at the front lines,” said Dan Pile, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Birmingham. “We were in conversations with a UAB epidemiologist and local health officials early on so that we could forecast and step up to meet critical needs. If we can’t be open serving our members, we still want to be open, serving our communities. We’ve asked our members to maintain their memberships while we provide this service. If everyone who is able to, stands with the Y, they’ll be the ones making this level of community support possible.”

Crisis child care is available at several YMCA locations, including Shades Valley (Homewood), Hoover (150 and Shades Crest), Trussville, Pelham and Downtown Youth Center locations.

The program is open to children 5 years old through 8th grade. The YMCA has adapted its child care hours to accommodate those who are working 12-hour shifts. Some locations will now be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A spokesperson from the YMCA of Greater Birmingham said to check with your specific location about times. She also advised people in other parts of the state to check with their local YMCA to see if crisis child care is available at those locations.

For more information, go to www.ymcabham.org.