Coronavirus Updates – April 3, 2020

OUR MISSION REMAINS IN ACTION

Since 1860 and throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times. During our temporary closure, we are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs in partnership with local community leaders and health officials. 

Although recreation facilities are considered non-essential during a time of crisis, there are also services provided by the YMCA that are integral to the communities we call home like childcare. We ask that you join us in the effort to continue helping our community by maintaining your membership. As a nonprofit, your support helps provide a foundation for our work. 

All Branches & Program Centers are Closed:

We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19. With Governor Tom Wolf’s most recent mandate, all “non-essential” stores, gyms, community and recreation centers, bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania are closed. We will work with state and local officials to guide how we can best be of service to the community.

Membership Options During COVID-19

If you need to change your membership while we are temporarily closed, we understand. Click here for more information.

COVID- 19 & OUR PROGRAMS

Essential Childcare Programs – Updated 4/2

Licensed Childcare is provided only at our Downtown Y, 31 West 10th Street. This program is open to the public for enrollment; current enrollment or YMCA membership is not required. Some important information for you to know:

While the Governor’s announcement included the closure of Certified Childcare Centers, the Y has received an Exemption Waiver from the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, to continue to provide essential childcare to those employees identified by Governor Wolf as “life-sustaining” personnel. If your employer has been identified by Governor Wolf as “life-sustaining”, your child is eligible for care. A list of life-sustaining businesses is here.

  • Childcare services will be offered only at the Downtown Y, 31 West 10th Street. Infants and toddlers will enter the building on Peach Street under the blue awning. Preschool and school-age children will enter the building from the front door on 10th Street.
  • Care is available from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • We will be providing care for employees that are designated by Governor Tom Wolf as “life-sustaining” personnel only.
  • Staff and children will be given a daily “well-check” by a registered nurse from Saint Vincent Health System. Should your child meet the CDC’s three warning signs – fever, cough or shortness of breath – your child will not be permitted to remain in care and can return only with a doctor’s excuse.
  • Should your child develop an illness during the day we will remove your child from the group to a “sick room” and you will be called to pick-up your child as soon as you are able.
  • Group size will be limited to 10 or less children and social distancing practices will be observed
  • We will no longer serve family style; staff will serve all meals
  • Parents will NOT escort their children to and from the classroom; Y staff will greet children and escort them to and from the classroom to minimize the number of contacts in our building.
  • We will take extra precaution on cleaning and disinfecting our toys and classrooms; this will be in addition to our licensed requirements.
  • Beginning Monday, April 6, free Grab & Go Dinner Meals and snacks for children 2-18 will be available from the Downtown Y on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. as an emergency hunger relief effort. No income or Y membership requirement. Meals will be delivered curbside to comply with social distancing precautions.
  • Your childcare director is Stacy Dambaugh, 572-6549 or Jill Simmons, 882-1010

Please understand the situation is fast moving and will vary day to day. Working with state and local officials, we will continue to evaluate how we can best serve the community. 

Curbside Grab & Go Emergency Meal Distribution

Beginning Monday, April 6, free Grab & Go Dinner Meals and snacks for children 2-18 will be available from the Downtown Y on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. as an emergency hunger relief effort. No income or Y membership requirement. Meals will be delivered curbside to comply with social distancing precautions.

Erie’s Public Schools Meal Distribution

Beginning Monday, March 30, EPS will distribute meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will no longer be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. Meals will be distributed at the following locations:• All district elementary schools• All district middle schools• Erie High School• Meals will no longer be distributed at Collegiate Academy, the Patrick J. DiPaolo Student Success Center at Emerson Gridley, Perseus House Charter School of Excellence and the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School.• Families may pick up meals at the schools closest to them regardless of the school their student attends.

Sports, Aquatics, Healthy Living Programs

Refunds will be issued for programs that were paid for and were to begin in March and April for non-members. Credits will be issued for programs that were paid for and were to begin in March and April for members.

Online Resources

We are committed to supporting your health and well-being during this time through virtual classes and online resources. We are also providing tips and ideas for you and your family at home on our facebook page.

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