YWCA offers childcare to employees of essential businesses, state opens hotline to help

YWCA offers childcare to employees of essential businesses, state opens hotline to help
YWCA offers childcare to grocery store workers, first responders and other employees of essential businesses

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear is offering childcare to employees of essential businesses such as grocery store employees, healthcare workers and first responders. The YWCA opened its Early Education and Youth Enrichment Program to accommodate essential employees with children from infants to 12 years old.

If you are an employee of one of the essential businesses still open during the COVID-19 crisis and are interested in taking your child to the YWCA, click here to reserve a spot no later than Thursday, March 26th at 5 p.m.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear has partnered with Live Oak Bank to offer ten scholarships for families who qualify. Scholarships will be on a first come, first serve basis. To qualify, an essential business employee must present proof of employment at the time of the childcare application.

Space is limited so please send applications as soon as possible. Contact childcare@ywca-lowercapefear.org or call 910-799-6820 to apply.

“We know that we are essential, and we are crucial to those essential families who have to work,” said Velva Jenkins, CEO YWCA Lower Cape Fear. The childcare facility will follow stricter guidelines, which include a screening upon entrance to facility, limiting numbers of children per room, increase in hand washing and sanitization measures throughout the day, and daily health checks on every child.

Meanwhile, late Tuesday the state Department of Health and Human Services opened up a hotline in partnership with the state Child Care Resource and Referral network to help with options for working parents of critical workers.

Workers in need of care can call 1-888-600-1685 to hear more about options for children up to 12 years old.

Priority will go to those who are considered critical workers. Those include emergency responders, hospital and other health care employees, child care staffers, food service individuals and others keeping the community safe.

The hotline will be open from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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