The YMCA has been offering emergency child care specifically for those who serve as first responders, medical professionals, government officials, healthcare/hospital workers, grocery workers and other essential workers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from Chase Oaks Church, the child care program will be made available to essential workers at no cost.
Child care is being offered at six YMCA branches across the Dallas area, and staff are following state guidelines regarding COVID-19. Temperatures are taken prior to entry and throughout the day, spots are limited to 45 children per day per location, and group sizes within the center are no more than 10 including staff.
“As a church, Chase Oaks is committed to being here for our community, and we’re always looking for ways we can love our neighbors and support their needs. During this difficult season, it became evident that this was a critical need to come around,” shared Chase Oaks’ Senior Pastor Jeff Jones. Chase Oaks Church has multiple locations, including Plano, Richardson and Farview.
This donation from Chase Oaks not only supports the YMCA during this difficult time, but also directly supports essential workers who are risking their health on a daily basis to support our community in the midst of a pandemic.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Chase Oaks and their members during this time. When we first offered this service, we wanted to ease the burden of essential workers and have child care be one less thing they needed to worry about,” YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas President and CEO Curt Hazelbaker said. “The fact that these families now do not have to worry about the cost of care is such a blessing and will impact so many families selflessly serving all of us during this challenging time.”
The locations currently offering child care for free to essential workers are:
- Coppell Family YMCA
- Grand Prairie Family YMCA
- McKinney Family YMCA
- Plano Family YMCA
- Richardson Family YMCA
- T Boone Pickens YMCA