All YMCA locations are closed with the exception of Childcare for essential personnel


Child Care for Essential Personnel

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Child Care for Essential Personnel

With the Governor’s announcement that schools will close for the remainder of the year, the YMCA of Greater Richmond has been asked to mobilize its childcare offering to include all essential personnel.

We are offering this service at our Downtown, Shady Grove, Tuckahoe, Chester and Midlothian locations Monday, March 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Priority registration will be given to current members and program participants on a first-come, first-serve basis, but will be open to all that qualify as essential personnel. (See below for qualifications.)

Note: We are only able to accept children born prior to 4/01/2015.

We’re looking forward to serving all our families as soon as we can.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to do our part to serve the community during this time.

Program Information

Program Locations

Downtown YMCA (2 W. Franklin St.)
Shady Grove Family YMCA (Nuckols Road near Innsbrook)
Tuckahoe Family YMCA (Patterson Ave, western Henrico)
Chester Family YMCA (W. Hundred Road)
Midlothian Family YMCA (Woolridge and Coalfield Roads)

Program Hours

Program hours are from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Drop-off and pick-up will be in the lobby.  Please bring your photo I.D. with you when you pick up your child.

Program Cost

***New Dramatic Price Reduction For Child Care For Essential Personnel***

Thanks to the generous support of our members and community partners we will be now offer full-day child care at the price of $15 per child, per day; $10 for each additional child. Payments can be made on-site when picking up your child.

The YMCA offers financial assistance based on an income-based scale.  For financial assistance, contact

What to Bring

Please pack all items in a backpack or bag.

  • Extra pair of clothing is recommended, but not always needed.
  • Peanut-free/tree nut-free lunch
  • Healthy snack for the morning.  (Healthy snacks for the afternoon are provided by the YMCA.)
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Homework or book to read during quiet time

Please do not bring electronics or toys from home.

What to Wear

Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for active games, outside time and that are weather appropriate.

Be sure to also wear closed-toed shoes.

Program Activities

  • Children will be grouped according to grade, in sizes of 8 with 1 YMCA counselor.  During the day, your child’s group will rotate locations for activities.
  • Children will be participating in Arts and Crafts, STEM Projects, Gym Games, outside play, Kid Fit activities and Creative academic activities and reading time.


If your child needs to take medication during the day, please bring the medication in the original container with your child’s name on the container.  You will need to complete an Authorization Form for YMCA staff to administer medication.

Health Precautions

  • We will take the temperatures each day for children and staff as they arrive.
  • Children will wash hands prior to joining their group at the beginning of each day.
  • We will enforce increased hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Children will be in the same group during the day.
  • We will avoid large group gatherings.
  • Equipment and touch points will be wiped down on a regular basis throughout the day.

Who Is Essential Personnel

For purposes of guidance only, essential personnel are first-responders, health care workers, and others who help maintain the health, safety and welfare of the Commonwealth’s residents. Here are examples of essential personnel: 

  • Providers of healthcare including, but not limited to, workers at clinics, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), nursing homes, long-term care and post-acute care facilities, respite houses, designated agencies and emergency medical services
  • Essential government employees including public health employees and employees who oversee or support all the other functions included in this list 
  • Criminal justice personnel including those in law enforcement, courts and correctional services
  • Police, firefighters, and military
  • Employees who operate shelters or other essential services for adults, children and families
  • Employees who ensure continuity of basic services such as electricity/gas, water, internet, plumbing, sanitation and garbage removal
  • Employees who ensure essential transportation including public transportation, trucking and health care-related transportation
  • Employees who ensure essential food, pharmaceutical and supplies access (e.g., grocery, food bank, feeding programs, drug store, hardware store)
  • Staff and providers of child care and education services (including custodial and kitchen staff and other support staff) for children of other essential personnel

Note that these examples are not exhaustive and the definition of essential personnel may evolve as needed to respond to the crisis.