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May 13, 2020 2:16:21 PM

Supporting Essential Personnel with Child Care


The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads is always working hard to meet the needs of our military family wherever they need us most. Right now, that means providing emergency child care services in a safe and nurturing environment. In the same way we've designed our after school and summer programs to meet the unique needs of our military family, we've created a full day child care program while schools are closed and parents need to be at work. Our child care days are scheduled to ensure consistency in our routines, while still allowing plenty of time for child directed play. Physical exercise,  enrichment activities and time for school work are all part of a normal day. Our students are still thriving, despite this current crisis, in an environment that is both supportive and fun. These kiddos are building and creating every day. They're also getting the chance to connect with each other. 

In order to maintain the highest level of care for all children, we are adhering to CDC Guidelines and best practices and screening all children upon arrival. We are maintaining social distance, sanitizing at regular intervals throughout the day and reinforcing regular hand washing. Classroom size is limited to no more than nine students and one facilitator. Your children's health and safety is our top priority. To ensure that all of our kiddos are healthy and thriving, we are...

  • conducting screenings upon arrival (including temperature checks) of all children and staff to ensure they are healthy and symptom free
  • providing individualized school work support to each child throughout the course of the day
  • creating a supportive environment for independent work
  • sanitizing at regular intervals throughout the day and at the end of each day
  • providing opportunities to work on gross motor skills through directed physical activities and play
  • facilitating STEAM based enrichment activities that emphasize creativity, fine motor skills and FUN

Emergency child care services are currently open to both military and civilian essential personnel. Spaces are limited as we are following the state's guidance on class sizes not exceeding nine students with one adult facilitator.  View our CHILD CARE FLYER for detailed information on rates and registration. Registration is required and reservations can be made for both weekly and hourly care. For more information on the registration process or to register your child, please refer to our CHILD CARE INFORMATION page. Additional information on how we're sanitizing our facility and the details of our screening process can be found in our CHILD CARE FAQ's.


We're still working to meet the needs of our military family where they need us most. Right now, that means providing emergency child care services in a safe and nurturing environment. Being a military family means spending a lot of time living with uncertainty; plans change, destinations change, parent's schedules change. Our military families know what it means to always be considered essential personnel. Through conflicts and uncertain times, military service members continuously report for duty when called upon. We know that uncertainty is so much easier to navigate knowing that we're in this together... just six feet apart. We know our families will continue to rise to the challenge, and we'll continue to have their backs.

Posted May 13, 2020


The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves currently serving military members and their families. In 2019, we engaged more than 250,000 participants and delivered more than 1.3 million points of service to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family®. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.


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