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The YMCA of Okanagan announced today that it will be offering licensed out of school care for those children of parents who are performing essential services in Kelowna. 
Priority will be given to school-aged children 5 – 12 years old 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, food and agriculture providers, and more.  
“Our goal is to provide child care between the hours of 7:30 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 our community 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 school-aged children 5 – 12 years are asked to complete this quick survey. Weekly registration is available for $210 per week. You will be contacted as soon as possible following the completion of the survey. For immediate questions and inquiries, please contact 250-491-8678 or