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The YMCA of Okanagan announced today that it has child care spaces available for those who are performing essential services in Penticton.
 
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.  
 
“Our goal is to provide child care between the hours of 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekdays to those who need it most during the COVID pandemic,” says Danielle Miranda, YMCA Child Care General Manager. “We are here to support the community of Penticton and essential services employees, providing caring and committed staff who are eager to work, along with safe spaces for children to learn, be active and thrive.”
 
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. These measures include reducing teacher-to-child ratios by half and restructuring activities and play areas to ensure proper social spacing is in place. As well, parents and children are screened prior to drop off and adults and children in care are extra diligent in following proper hand washing and hygiene practices. 
 
To determine eligibility, parents or guardians of children ages 12 and under 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 childcare@ymcaokanagan.ca