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 COVID-19: YMCA Childcare Resource Service Providing Referrals to Families Seeking Childcare During School Closures

With schools across the county closed, and the Governor suggesting it is unlikely they will reopen before summer break, YMCA Childcare Resource Service (CRS) is helping families in need of child care find the options that might work for their families.  

YMCA’s CRS department offers families options with open child care centers and family child care homes who are licensed and inspected.    

“For 40 years, YMCA CRS has been the key connector between families and childcare providers in San Diego County,” says Kim McDougal, executive director of YMCA Childcare Resource Service.  “We are honored to serve our community now by enhancing our referral services for all families seeking care during this crisis.”   

San Diego County families looking for care can call 1-800-481-2151 to discuss their child care needs with an advisor, who will complete a specialized search to identify the licensed child care options. Advisors will call providers on the family’s behalf to see which providers have open slots and may meet their needs best.   

Advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can also conduct online searches themselves by visiting ymcasd.org/childcarereferrals

YMCA CRS is committed to supporting health care, first responders, law enforcement, and military professionals and is also offering a dedicated line, staffed at all times, to contact an advisor. These families can call 619-952-0242. If the phone line is busy, YMCA CRS will return calls as soon as possible.   

As of March 18, there are thousands of licensed child care programs still open in San Diego County. YMCA CRS encourages families and employers to connect with the child care providers that are already offering care in their communities, and may have extra capacity to serve additional children at this time.   

“We are hearing from many childcare providers that they are still open,” said Laurie Han, Department Head for Childcare Resource and Referral at YMCA CRS.  “Many providers want to continue serving the families they know and love, and are eager to serve additional families while implementing recommended practices for prevention of transmission. This includes small groups, cleaning and sanitation.”