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!
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.