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Update: Bethlehem Y to offer child care for emergency personnel

Filed in District, District News by on March 23, 2020

UPDATE Mar. 26: The following message is from the Bethlehem Area YMCA regarding childcare services for emergency and other essential workers:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA is responding to the critical need for childcare services for emergency personnel while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Effective Monday, March 23, beginning at 7 a.m., the Capital District YMCA, including the Bethlehem Area YMCA, will provide childcare for emergency personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department.

Emergency health care professionals include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and direct support professionals. Additionally, the YMCA is providing this service to first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters.

“We want to make sure medical professionals in our community don’t have to worry that their children are in a safe place, as they care for a growing number of our loved ones during this difficult time,” said Capital District YMCA President David Brown. “Additionally, for emergency personnel who need childcare and are already facing financial hardships, we are offering financial assistance.”

Online registration can be found at:

Emergency personnel needing care are also welcome to call the Capital District YMCA at 518-869-3500

Carl Oropallo

District Executive Director
Capital District YMCA
Bethlehem Area Branch