The YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge will provide Camp Hope, an emergency childcare program for essential personnel, in the upcoming days to support the fight against the coronavirus. Full-day care will be available to families from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for school-aged children 5-12 years old at the Botetourt Family YMCA, Kirk Family YMCA, and Salem Family YMCA. A daily rate of $30 will be charged, with financial assistance available if needed. Each site has limited capacity and registration will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.
The YMCA has been working with local hospitals, agencies, and other community organizations that employ essential personnel to understand their current needs and determine how to best support them during this time. Additionally, the YMCA is working with community partners to add additional sites, as the demand for childcare rises.
All YMCA sites are licensed programs under the Department of Social Services and will adhere to the most recent guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and Social Services. Those precautions include maximum child-to-staff ratio 9-to-1, frequent temperature checks, and thorough cleaning with CDC approved disinfectants.
Additionally, children experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or residing in a household with anyone experiencing symptoms will not be admitted.