Florida schools partner with YMCA to offer no-cost child care services for school-aged children of essential workers

In response to the sustained crisis posed by COVID-19, and in line with guidance issued by New York State, Florida Union Free School District has partnered with the YMCA of Middletown to provide child care services, free of charge, for school-aged children of essential workers.

Child care is considered an essential function, critical to enabling parents, whose jobs fall under the designation of “essential business,” to go to work. As identified in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6, essential workers include first responders, health care workers, direct care workers and other essential services workers*.

Offered at Golden Hill Elementary School, the program is free of charge for the children of essential workers living in the Florida Union Free School District.

If there is a need, the program will operate Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participating children will go through a daily health screening by the nurse/LPN on site. With the health and safety of every child and staff person involved as the primary concern, the program will take every precaution to prevent potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19.

To register, essential workers can go to www.floridaufsd.org to download and print a registration form, or contact Program Coordinator Irene Rumsey at irumsey@middletownymca.or

*About “Essential Business” designations

Child care providers are asked to prioritize openings in programs for employees of essential businesses as identified in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 so that essential workers can continue to provide critical response to the COVID-19 virus.  “Essential Business,” means businesses such as essential health care operations, essential infrastructure, essential manufacturing, groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, public transit workers, mail and shipping, law enforcement, direct care workers, and news media.