Since March 13, the YMCA has been operating Emergency Childcare Centers serving the families of Essential Workers keeping things fun for children, addressing their emotional needs, and enabling school learnings to continue. Together with a joint Covid-19 Childcare Taskforce, new curriculum, training, and policies were put into practice with consideration to safety guidelines from the CDC, state, and local entities such as health screenings and temperature checks for staff and kids prior to camp and throughout the day. Staff and children wear masks, and the YMCA mandates handwashing after each activity and regularly throughout the day. Extra sanitization measures are taking place throughout the day, and at the conclusion of each day. If you are currently an essential worker in need for childcare, visit www.ymcadallas.org/EmergencyYcare.
As summer approaches, the Y is turning its focus to Day Camps. For the safety of YMCA program participants and staff, the Y will be very thoughtful and intentional about how Day Camps are offered this summer. With counsel of medical experts, best practices from other YMCA’s around the country, the CDC, state and local officials, the YMCA plans to offer limited Day Camps for 2020 across the Metroplex with a phased opening approach. Day Camps will follow our safety strategies from our Emergency Childcare Centers, with additional guidelines to come from the CDC and American Camping Association as well as Governor Abbott.
Day Camps will not include off-site field trips this year; however, will include on -site presenters such as Perot Museum, Creature Teacher, and more! Additionally, every camp will have online coding curriculum included in their day hosted by Rex Programming Academy! Safety, as always, has been the YMCA’s primary focus when delivering programs to the youth throughout the community. The YMCA is looking forward providing a summer camp that enables kids to be kids, and lets them experience connection, community and relationships in a safe and nurturing place.
Locations that will offer Day Camps and the latest information will be posted on www.ymcadallas.org/summer.
Hoping you and your family are doing well.
YMCA School Age Leadership