Essential Childcare

We are here for our community, especially in times of need.

As the Coronavirus situation continues to develop, we are helping to solve a growing problem for the essential employees continuing to work to keep our community safe, healthy, and functioning.

While the schools in our area are currently closed and providing distance learning to students, many parents and guardians who are still working need childcare as they continue to serve every day. So, the Y is reopening our Oakbrook Family Center to provide childcare for these families.  

Program Details

The Y will provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for children to learn, play and interact.  Activities will include exercise, games, enrichment and academic support.  We strictly follow all local, sate and national health and safety regulations, including a ratio of nine students to one teacher, as well as capping attendees at 45 children per day. 

 As an established childcare provider, the Y will always be a safe place for children.  With certified, trained staff, we’re doing everything possible to resolve this need and to maintain a clean and healthy environment for all in our care.

  • Ages: 3-12
  • Operational Hours:  Monday through Friday 6am – 7pm
  • Location: Oakbrook Family Center
  • Cost:  Member: $160 weekly per child  | Non-members:  $260 weekly per child

Who can participate?

This program is offered for the children whom participate in our Little Learners and After School programs.  We will review the program regularly and communicate changes through email, our website and social media.  Spots limited to 45 attendees per day.

Isn’t the Y closed? 

Due to COVID-19, all of our YMCA family centers are currently closed; however, we will offer LIMITED childcare programming on a daily basis in accordance with local, state, and national guidelines.

What about social distancing rules? 


Although our YMCA family centers are currently closed due to COVID-19, we have been approved by local authorities to offer limited childcare during this challenging time. We will adhere to all local, state, and national health guidelines, including limiting group sizes inside of our YMCAs to no more than 10 people and no more than 45 attendees per day.

What about health and safety precautions will you take?


We will have a dedicated on-site healthcare worker to screen all children, and many other precautions will be taken to ensure safety. The group ratio will be one teacher to nine children. Additionally, trained staff will respond with all-day cleaning/disinfecting and thorough deep cleaning overnight.

Will food be provided? 


At this time, food will not be provided, so we ask that you pack your child a water bottle, a peanut-free lunch and snacks. Please pack lunch in a completely disposable bag.

How long will you offer this program?


Childcare begins on April 27. As we monitor the developments of the COVID-19 public regulations, check back here for the most up-to-date operational information.

What if my child has schoolwork to be completed throughout the day?


Children are encouraged to bring books and homework to complete throughout the day.   

What will my child need to bring?

Please ensure your child is dressed in comfortable/athletic attire and closed-toed shoes. They can bring one device for distance learning instruction, but no personal items from home will be permitted.

Each day, your child should bring: lunch (non-refrigerated/non-reheated), snacks (one morning, one afternoon), a water bottle, and it’s recommended to pack a change of clothes.

Please review our Essential Childcare Guidelines for more information.