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COVID-19 Response: Latest Updates

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
July 31, 2020

Here are the latest updates regarding Y operations and programs as we respond to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are closely monitoring this situation, and we will update this blog regularly as plans change and new information becomes available. 

UPDATE 7/31 - 2 p.m.

As schools across the metro are offering virtual and remote learning options for the start of the school year, the Y is working with local districts to support families. Y Learning Academy will provide full-day, in-person support for children ages 5-12. Working with school district teaching partners, our Learning Coaches will support each student with virtual learning assignments from their school, and deliver the Y’s holistic youth development curriculum. Learn more.

UPDATE 7/22 - 7 a.m.

Several Y camps have added weeks to their schedule to accommodate children who will start school after Labor Day. Visit for the latest updates and to register or add weeks to your current camp enrollment.

UPDATE 6/26 - 9 a.m.

Kids Zone and more group exercise classes will be available at all Ys beginning Monday, June 29. Get the latest updates on expanded hours and amenities at

UPDATE 6/11 - 3:30 p.m.

The next phase of reopening our Ys begins on June 15. Get the latest updates on expanded hours and amenities, including pools and Kids Zone, at

UPDATE 5/28 - 4:40 p.m.

The next phase of reopening our Ys begins on June 1. It includes opening additional Ys, and expanding hours and amenities, including pools, at other locations. Learn more in this update from President and CEO John Mikos. 

UPDATE 5/22 - 11:20 a.m.

Y Day Camps will open this summer with new health and safety procedures. Learn more in our updated FAQs and this video update from President and CEO John Mikos.

UPDATE 5/15/2020 - 11:45 a.m.

Visit our updated FAQs for more information about our reopening plans and a video update.

UPDATE 5/15/2020 - 9:45 a.m.

Y Summer Day Camp locations are finalized. View camp locations and registration.

UPDATE 5/11 - 5:50 p.m.

We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential. Please review important information below about reopening plans and what to expect when you return to the Y in this update from President and CEO John Mikos.

UPDATE 5/5 - 3:30 p.m.

We are excited to open our doors to welcome you back to our YMCAs. Because we operate in multiple states, counties and cities, we plan to reopen facilities in phases and will share more details about our opening date soon. Learn more in an update from President and CEO John Mikos.

UPDATE 4/27 - 12 p.m.

You may have heard that gyms in the area will reopen soon. We continue to monitor public health guidelines and will provide more information about when and how local Ys will reopen.  

UPDATE 3/23 - 5:30 p.m.

Your membership during this time has helped us remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and body. However, we also understand the challenges we’re all facing.

As our temporary closure has extended beyond anticipation through April 26, we are providing options to allow you to update the status of your membership:

  • Convert Your Membership Fee to a Donation.
    You can choose to continue your monthly draft and convert your membership fee to a donation. The Y will maintain your current draft amount, or you can choose a different amount. We will convert the draft payment into a donation and provide you with appropriate documentation for tax purposes. When the Y reopens, your membership will continue at your original rate and regular draft date.
  • Place Your Membership On Hold.
    If you wish, we will place your membership on hold, and you will not be charged until the Y reopens. All standard hold fees will be waived. As soon as we reopen, your membership will automatically resume at your original rate and regular draft date.

Please access our Membership Update Form to complete your information and allow us to update the status of your membership. If we do not hear from you, your membership drafts will be converted to a donation. 

If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.orgPlease allow 3-5 working days for our Business Support team to update your information and confirm with you.  

UPDATE 3/20 - 1:30 p.m.

The Y is offering child care for children of essential employees during this state of emergency at several locations in the metro beginning Monday, March 23. We are working toward adding more sites, including locations in Johnson County. Scholarships are available for first responders and health care workers. Learn more and register.

UPDATE 3/19 - 1:15 p.m.

Based on the latest recommendations from county and city health officials, our Y centers will remain temporarily closed through Sunday, April 5. This is an extension of policies and recommendations of health authorities, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.

Youth Sports and Swim
Families who are registered for Swim Lessons or in Y Youth Sports programs will receive more information about re-scheduling or changes to programming.

Y Club Care, Y Summer Day Camp
Families currently in Kansas Y Club Before and After School programs will not be charged any payments scheduled for the rest of the school year. At this time, schedules for Y Summer Day Camp have not changed.  The Y is working diligently with school districts and health officials to determine options for providing care. We will send updated information about future care options when they are available.

If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or

UPDATE 3/17 - 6:00 p.m.

YMCA Head Start 
All YMCA Head Start program will close Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 5, based on the latest recommendations from health officials. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations.  

We understand the challenge this temporary closure may cause for families. We will check in with families throughout the time the Head Start locations are temporarily closed. We are working on ways to continue to support families with food, other community resources and activities to do with children home. 

Follow the Y Head Start Facebook for the latest information.


UPDATE 3/16 - 10:10 p.m.

YMCA Head Start - Park Hill Head Start
The Park Hill Head Start program will close Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations. The Park Hill School District has closed the Gerner Early Education Center building in which the program is housed.  


UPDATE 3/16 - 1:20 p.m.

Y Membership Centers - Temporary Closure

Based on recently updated guidelines from county and city health officials, all YMCA of Greater Kansas City centers will temporarily close beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16. At this time, we anticipate this temporary closure through Sunday, March 22. This includes Y programs at Riverside Community Center and Grain Valley Active Older Adults programs.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Y facility, and we increased our existing cleaning protocols to help prevent the spread of germs. As a nonprofit, community organization committed to wellness for all, we are responding based on public health recommendations and with concern for our associates, members, program participants and the community as a whole. 

To help you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body during this time, the Y is partnering with Y360 to offer wellness programs online, free of charge to you as a Y member. Visit to get started and access additional resources.

Y Center Programs - Postponed
Center programs will be postponed, including: 

  • Youth Sports
  • Swim Lessons 
  • Challenger Adaptive programs 

Youth Development Services (Y Club, No School Days, Spring Break Camp) 

  • Spring Break Camps/No School Days have been canceled for the week of March 16, and the Y is processing refunds. 
  • We are working with school districts and public health officials to determine what services we will be able to offer the week of March 23 and how we can best support our community.


If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or