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YMCA Expands Emergency Child Care
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28 March 2020   Damon Olsen, CEO, YMCA

Prescott YMCA and Valley of the Sun YMCA Secures Contract with Governor’s Office to Expand Emergency Child Care in Arizona, Appoints Emergency Operations Coordinator During COVID-19 Pandemic 

YMCA Partnerships Increases Response, Programs for Community in Need

PHOENIX (March 27, 2020) – In an agreement reached late yesterday afternoon, the State of Arizona will provide emergency operational funding to the Prescott YMCA and the Valley of the Sun YMCA to support youth and families impacted by school closures due to COVID-19. The partnership will allow YMCAs to provide expanded services to essential workers in our communities through April 10.

The Emergency Child Care program is open to all families that are required to work and scholarships are available to those families in need. An automatic 50% scholarship is offered to essential workers such as health care providers and first responders.  The Prescott YMCA in partnership with the Prescott Unified School District will provide breakfast and lunches to the children in the Emergency Childcare Program. 

The childcare expansion effort was coordinated with the state on behalf of the Valley of the Sun YMCA and Prescott YMCA’s by the Valley of the Sun’s association’s new emergency services coordinator, Jenna Cooper. Cooper was appointed to the position earlier this week to serve as a single point of contact for the Y’s rapidly evolving response to serve the community. 

“The work that the Prescott YMCA and Valley of the Sun YMCA’s do in our community every day is extremely important. But the work that we are doing now – it’s absolutely crucial,” says Cooper. “Right now, between the two programs, we serve about 175 kids a day in these programs and with our new ability to provide additional subsidies to families, we anticipate the demand to grow quickly over the next two weeks. The response that we see from the community has really validated how much our work is needed.”

In an effort to bring the Y experience to members at home, the organization has also created an offering at www.ymca360.com  in which all members of the community can access resources for virtual group fitness classes form top quality instructors.  

The Prescott YMCA and Valley of the Sun YMCA will monitor updates and continue to coordinate closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services to observe best practices for youth facilities and provide appropriate responses to health advisories, recommended public and private assembly restrictions, and community closures.

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About James Family Prescott YMCA 

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA serves local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.  

The YMCA provides affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance. 

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.