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SLO Co. YMCA to open daycare for children of essential workers

Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 24, 2020

The SLO County YMCA is offering help to parents who are essentials workers and in need of childcare.

Starting next week, C.L. Smith Elementary School in San Luis Obispo will serve as a YMCA day-camp for kids in kindergarten to 6th grade.

Parents can choose to enroll their child for either full or half-day care, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Full-day care costs $25. Half-day care is $15.

The cost for daycare includes lunch, provided by Lucia Mar Unified School District.

The YMCA is implementing strict health safety measures that are based on county, state and federal guidelines.

All parents must answer questions about their child's health and have their child's temperature taken at drop-off.

Handwashing will be required frequently by all staff and children, especially before and after eating, using the bathroom and playing outside.

The camp is also allowing for social distancing wherever possible and dividing into groups of no more than 10, including one staff member and up to nine children.

YMCA officials say the facility will be deep-cleaned every night and staff will regularly disinfect common surfaces throughout the day.

The YMCA is not offering care for preschool-age children yet but may be starting that soon.

For parents who cannot afford the YMCA's daycare, there is financial assistance available.

Parents can register children for camp and learn more about the childcare services on the YMCA's website.