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The YMCA of Okanagan is committed to supporting Okanagan communities during this pandemic. In order to address a community need in Penticton, the charitable organization is now offering extended child care hours for Essential Service Workers. 

“Our team wants to support our community in any way they can,” says YMCA Child Care General Manager, Danielle Miranda. “There is an identified need in Penticton for child care outside of regular business hours, so we have adapted our services to provide care from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week. This allows us to help those working in essential services, who need care on weekends, early mornings or evenings so they can continue to provide vital services to our local community during this difficult time.” 

Priority will be given to children 0 – 12 years of age whose parents or guardians are working in positions identified in the top 3 Tiers of COVID-19 Essential Services in British Columbia. These include those working as health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and more.  

The YMCA of Okanagan is closely following recommendations from local and provincial health officials and taking extra precautions in the delivery of child care programs during this time. 
To determine eligibility, parents or guardians of children under the age of 12 are asked to complete this quick survey. You will be contacted as soon as possible following the completion of the survey. For immediate questions and inquiries, please contact the YMCA Queens’ Park Elementary Child Care staff team at 250-491-8678 or