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Essential Child Care

Support During
COVID-19 Response

The Y is offering child care for children of essential employees during this state of emergency at several locations in the metro. The program is available to anyone who has essential employment and must leave their home to work during the “stay at home” order, including first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and others providing important services. We are working to add more sites, including locations in Johnson County.

AGES: 5-12 (Kindergarten-6th Grade)
TIME: Varies by location

Free Care for Health Care/Behavioral Health Workers

Free care is available to employees of the following organizations, thanks to scholarship funding from the Health Forward Foundation.

  • Missouri: KC Care Clinic, Samuel U. Rodgers, Swope Health Services, Vibrant Health, Truman Medical Center, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Rediscover, Hope Family Care Center 
  • Kansas: Vibrant Health, Health Partnership of Johnson County, SW Blvd Family Health Care, Duchesne Clinic,  Wyandot Center, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Mercy and Truth
  • Apply Here

Other Scholarships

Thanks to Humana and other funders, scholarships are available to attend at low or no cost.
Apply Here


Online registration is encouraged. Regular rates without scholarship are $150/week or $35/day. Register online below, or download a PDF registration form. Please bring completed form to the site or fax both pages of this form to 816.931.1847.

Health and Safety

Safety is always a priority. Based on input from public health officials, the following procedures will be in place at our emergency child care locations:

  • Curbside check-in/out for children to limit people inside locations
  • Temporal scans of children upon entry
  • Small group structure
  • Mandatory hygiene breaks

We also will continue to follow health and safety guidelines that are always in place in our programs, including staff training in CPR, first aid, recognition of illnesses, signs and symptoms of abuse, child abuse prevention and risk management.

What to Bring

-Completed Emergency Information Packet

-Water bottle, homework and homework device (no backpack)

More Info

For additional information contact our Youth Development Services office by emailing

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Linwood Family YMCA

TIME: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center
3800 E Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64128


TIME: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

North Kansas City YMCA
1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Platte County School District

TIME: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Platte County - Pathfinder Elementary
1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154

  • Registrations for this location currently unavailable.

Olathe Family YMCA

TIME: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

This location is available exclusively for Olathe Health System employees. Please contact Olathe Health for enrollment information.

Olathe Family YMCA
21400 W 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061