Maui Family YMCA’s Emergency Childcare Program

Meeting our community’s health crisis needs

A health crisis puts incredible strain on our health care and infrastructure systems. With limited child care, parents are often forced to choose between work and providing necessary child care.

This is hard for any parent, especially parents in health care services – as missing a day of work may mean less hands providing life-saving care and essential services to members of our community who need it most.

The Maui Family YMCA’s Emergency Childcare Program was designed for Health Care Professionals and First Responders that continued to work during the quarantine closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We prioritized those essential employees in our community for care so they didn’t have to worry that their children are in a safe place, as they cared for a growing number of our loved ones during this difficult time.

Other families in need of care were our next priority and we were using our resources creatively to offer solutions.

As a trusted child care provider for decades

The YMCA was honored to provide this service to help hospital teams and other essential workers provide critical community care without worrying about childcare.

Emergency Childcare services were offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm for children 4 years to 12 years of age.

Children enrolled in our Emergency Childcare Program received access to a full curriculum including stem, art, and homework help to continue to provide the tools to grow and develop.

Safety Protocols Enacted During Program

In order to maintain a safe environment for both staff and participants, we kindly asked families that had recently traveled to refrain from registering until a minimum of 14 days after their arrival date.

Enhanced security procedures were also in place to monitor anyone coming in and out of facility, daily cleaning and sanitizing of all areas of facility, and no personal toys were allowed on-site.

All children and staff practiced all CDC safety precautions. Children were taught social distancing and hand-washing practices in a fun, instructional manner.

Our staff performed temperature screenings upon check-in. Should any child become ill during camp, they were to be quarantined until they could be picked up. Any staff or participant must have complied with CDC Guidelines before returning.

Thank you to all the Y Staff who helped to keep this program running. Thanks to them and through support from people like you, we were able to keep an average of 15 children per week active and learning during the shutdown brought on by the 3 month quarantine!

Maui YMCA Blended Learning Program


The Maui Family YMCA offered a Blended Learning Program at the Maui Family YMCA facility – a full day program to fill your child’s day with creative and constructive opportunities to enhance their distance learning and out-of-school experience.

This site provided a Wi-Fi enabled learning environment for students to attend online classes with their teachers. Students were required to use school provided or personal devices, including headphones. Y staff were available for assistance and support.

As the nation’s leader in health and wellness, the Y understands the importance of physical activity in your child’s daily routine and included outdoor activities into our curriculum.

The Maui Family YMCA adhered to all COVID-19 Safety Precautions – Reduced Group Size, Face Coverings, Temperature Checks, Physical Distancing, Sanitation Schedules/Access To Hand Sanitizer, Nightly Deep Cleaning & Disinfecting, etc.

The Y continued to adapt to community needs and supported our families when they needed us the most. We were pleased to extend a safe child care option to Maui families, as we all worked together through these challenging times.

This program was open to children ages 4 to 12 years of age, and operated from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Thank you to all the Y Staff who helped to keep the keiki of Maui active and learning throughout the shutdown of in-person learning. Thanks to them and through support from people like you, we were able to affect the lives of over 170 children over a 10 month period!

Maui YMCA Emergency Relief Grab&Go Meal Program

The Maui Family YMCA was proud to announce that we were able to continue to be an official SFSP site, allowing us to provide free Snacks and Supper to our community.  During the closures of multiple businesses, including the Department of Education, we were given the opportunity to impact approximately 100 families.

When school was out, millions of children lost access to complete meals, placing them at risk of going hungry.  The USDA Food & Nutrition Service’s meal programs worked to make sure that didn’t happen.

With the help of enlisted community-based organizations, the USDA was able to serve meals throughout the community, allowing children and families to get the nourishing food they need.

The Maui Family YMCA Grab&Go Meal Program was available Monday through Friday from April 13, 2020 through May 29, 2020.  Snack and Supper were available for pick-up in the YMCA parking lot between 5:00PM and 6:00PM.

This program was available to all children in our community ages 18 and under, while supplies lasted.  If children were not present during pickup, an official document that contained the child’s name was required to be presented – school letter, individual student report card, birth certificate, student ID cards, etc.

Thank you to all those who helped support this program. Thanks to people like you, we helped feed over 5000 children in need!

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, an institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Community Garden Program

On Friday, June 5th, 2020, the Y gave out care packages that included a garden shovel, 2 ‘uala (sweet potato) plants and information about planting them. It was all FREE and available by drive through pick up, thanks in partnership with the Red Cabin Foundation (through Goodfellow Bros.) and Grow Some Good.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Y Volunteers and volunteers through Grow Some Good, we were able to prepare about 1000 ‘Uala Plants in total! Stay tuned for more Community Garden Days!

Maui YMCA Protection HUB Program

The Maui Family YMCA worked with the community of Maui as a Donation and Distribution site for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our Mission was to provide PPE such as masks, goggles, face-shields, and gloves to organizations/service providers in need of supplies. The COVID-19 crisis had made it difficult for organizations to secure these items and the Y hoped to bridge this gap.

We can’t do this alone

We understand the uncertainty right now is at an all-time high and the thought of donating to a non-profit seems a stretch. We want you to know, the money you are able to donate to us will go directly to funding programs such as these along with our usual programs that impact the lives of our keiki and the community of Maui as a whole. Through your support, no matter the amount, you join our extensive Maui YMCA Ohana in making sure that all of Maui has a better and brighter future.

We appreciate you considering how you can help.