In response to the March 18 Executive Order, the Alliance of New York State YMCAs applauds New York’s Governor Cuomo for recognizing the important role child care plays in keeping society running. As a leading non-profit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, YMCAs are uniquely positioned to serve their communities during this public health crisis.
“YMCAs across New York have been offering families safe and engaging childcare options for decades,” explained Kyle Stewart, Executive Director for the Alliance of New York State YMCAs. “At this time of crisis, it’s now more important than ever that our YMCAs can provide services to the emergency personnel who are serving others.”
Currently, YMCAs across the state are working with school districts, local hospitals, municipalities, state and regional agencies to set up childcare services for emergency personnel. Being named an essential service means that Ys can open their doors to more families in this time of need.
“We can’t have our nurses, doctors, and emergency personnel worried about who’s caring for their children,” said Stewart. “Lifting the capacity and workforce restrictions on childcare means we can serve these families until this health crisis ends.”
Despite the lifting of restrictions, YMCAs will continue to utilize their facilities in ways that are consistent with current social distancing norms and health best practices. These tactics are easier to enact now that YMCA membership operations are currently suspended throughout the state per the Governor’s order.
“Our YMCAs are so much more than a pool and a gym,” said Stewart. “When communities need us most we’ll be standing right there asking how we can help. Our non-profit YMCAs serve nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers every year, and we only exist to serve our community.”
The Alliance of New York State YMCAs represents the 39 YMCA Associations and over 145 branches that call New York home. In addition, through more than 1,863 collaborations with state agencies, school districts, and local organizations, Ys are able to maximize the number of lives impacted in the Empire State.
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. For more information visit www.YMCANYS.org.
Alliance of New York State YMCAs