YMCA Emergency Childcare Service at Golden Hill Elementary

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020

In response to these unprecedented times, Florida UFSD has partnered with the YMCA of Middletown to provide school-age childcare services for essential workers. Offered at Golden Hill Elementary School, the program is free of charge based on need, and serves the Florida Union Free School District and Warwick Valley Central School District.

Program operation

  • Monday-Friday / 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Note: Children must arrive by no later than 9:00 a.m.


If you have the ability to download and print the form, click here. Once completed, you can scan and email it to the program coordinator indicated below, or bring with you to Golden Hill Elementary. If you are not able to print the form at this time, it will be provided to you on location.

Golden Hill Elementary
Irene Rumsey, Program Coordinator


Children must be dropped off at the designated time and go through a daily health screening by the nurse/LPN on site. Once a child passes the health screening, you will sign your child in and they will be escorted to the assigned classroom following the health and safety precautions listed below.


As the YMCA, the health and safety of every child and staff person involved in this program is our primary concern and we are taking every precaution to prevent potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19. We have thoroughly sanitized our site in preparation for this program and have rigorous disinfecting protocols in place for the continued disinfection through the duration of the program.

Daily Health Screenings for both staff and children include the following health-related questions:

  1. Have you traveled out of the country in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you had contact with any person under investigation or with known COVID-19?
  3. Does your child have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath)?

Note: If your answer is yes to any of these questions, your child may NOT attend.

  • Daily temperature checks for children and staff will be conducted prior to anyone entering the building. Therefore, children must be dropped off by the designated time for their program site.
  • Once a child passes the screening, they will be escorted to the bathroom to wash their hands and then accompanied to their designated classroom.
  • Parents/Guardians are NOT permitted to enter the building.
  • To follow recommended protocols for social distancing, each room has a maximum capacity of 10 children with 1 YMCA counselor.
  • We will enforce increased hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Children will remain in the same group during the day.
  • We will avoid large group gatherings.
  • Equipment and frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected on a regular basis throughout the day.


Children must be signed out on time and will only be released to a parent, guardian or emergency contact possessing a valid photo ID. If you cannot pick your child up on time, one of the emergency contacts listed in your child’s registration packet must do so.


Pack and label all items in a backpack or bag.

  • Extra set of clothing in case of spills or accidents (Items will be stored in the backpack)
  • Electronics are permitted and may be used for short periods of time however, the YMCA and its staff are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
  • Peanut/tree nut free lunch and snacks
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Schoolwork or books to read during quiet time


Comfortable clothing with closed-toed shoes and outer layers appropriate for the forecasted weather each day.


All activities will comply with recommended practices for social distancing and may include but are not limited to:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Schoolwork
  • Outdoor Play
  • Personal Fitness
  • Academic Activities
  • Quiet Time
  • Gym Games


Please contact the program director of your site to learn more.


Keep your child home if you suspect they are getting ill and consult with your doctor. Children may return once they are symptom free for 24 hours or have a doctor’s note stating they can return. If your child becomes ill in our program, the child will be moved to a designated isolation area and you will be called upon to pick up the child immediately or ask an emergency contact to do so. If you or your emergency contacts are unable to do so, your child’s enrollment will be jeopardized. Please understand, this is for the safety of everyone.

Additional YMCA Emergency Childcare locations in Orange County

The Center for Youth Programs, Middletown, NY

  • Serving all school districts.
  • Monday-Friday / 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Note: Children must arrive by no later than 9:30 a.m.
  • Program Coordinator/contact: stironi@middletownymca.org

Note: An additional location at Minisink Valley Intermediate School is only available to residents of the Minisink Valley district.

Additional child care resources

Childcare Council of Orange County: If your child is not of school age, and you need a free referral to a legal, reliable child care program, call toll free at 1 (844) 461-4689 or access the online search at http://childcarecounciloc.org/services/family-search-for-child-care/