How Does Essential Personnel Child Care Work?

The Y is providing care for children of essential workers at its Y Family Centers and Preschool Centers. You must be eligible (see list below) to participate in these services. Space is limited.

These services are delivered by Y associates and follow the guidance of fact-based sources including the CDC, World Health Organization and the State of Maryland for how to clean, disinfect and manage children safely in our spaces.

These include:

  • Maintaining groups of no more than 10, including the teacher
  • Limiting one group per space
  • Propping doors open where appropriate and reducing the need to touch or open/close doors
  • Hand washing by Y associates and children every 45 minutes and between activities
  • Taking each child’s temperature before admittance
  • Requiring all Y associates in the building to wear Personal Protective Equipment

Additionally, our centers are continuously spot cleaned throughout the day using CDC approved disinfectant, cleaning supplies and practices. We also use an EPA approved disinfectant for all bathrooms and floors and use a bleach water mixture for all solid surfaces and toys. The centers are also thoroughly cleaned between each shift.

Emergency Care at Y Family Centers

Serving Ages 4-12 from 7:00am - 6:00pm  
The Y in Druid Hill (Baltimore City) The Y in Pasadena
The Y in Catonsville The Weinberg Y in Waverly (Baltimore City)
The Y in Parkville The Y in Perry Hall
The Orokawa Y in Towson The Ward Y in Abingdon
The Hill Y in Westminster The Dancel Y in Ellicott City


Emergency Care at Y Preschool Centers

Serving Ages 2-5 from 7:00am - 6:00pm Serving Ages 2-12 from 7:00am - 6:00pm
Y Preschool in Towson Y Preschool in Catonsville
  Y Preschool at Weinberg (Waverly/Baltimore City)
  Y Preschool in Riverside (Belcamp/Harford Co.)
  Y Preschool at UMBC


Who Is Eligible?

Those eligible for this service have been determined by the State of Maryland and are listed below. 

  • Providers of healthcare, long term or acute patient care, emergency medical or pharmaceutical services
  • Public health employees
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Correctional services employees
  • Firefighters and other first responders
  • Government workers required to work in a State of Emergency
  • Employees and representatives of insurance carriers
  • National Guard called to active duty
  • Staff or providers of child care or education services, including custodial and food service worker
  • Food distributors and suppliers
  • Transportation and delivery services personnel
  • Gasoline service station operators and auto mechanics
  • Critical Infrastructure employees, such as emergency and support personnel for gas and electric utility operations, public works, water treatment and waste management
  • Personnel of other institutions ORDERED to remain open during a State of Emergency
  • Other persons the State Superintendent deems necessary

How to Register

Emergency Care at Y Preschool Centers

If eligible, you can register for a Y Preschool Center location by completing THIS APPLICATION and email it to YEMERGENCYCARE@YMARYLAND.ORG. Your email should indicate ALL of the preschool locations you would use if a space is available. List the locations in order of preference with #1 being your top choice, #2 as your second choice, and so on.

Emergency Care at Y Family Centers

If eligible, click the button below to register for emergency care at a Y Family Center.