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Essential Child Care

Support During
COVID-19 Response

The Y is offering child care for children of essential employees during the coronavirus pandemic at several locations in the metro. Free YMCA summer programs, including essential child care and YMCA Summer Day Camp, are available to employees of select health care and behavioral health organizations, thanks to scholarship funding from the Health Forward Foundation.

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

Free Child Care for Health Care/Behavioral Health Workers

Employees from the following organizations can receive free YMCA summer programs.

KC Care Clinic
Samuel U. Rodgers
Swope Health Services
Vibrant Health
Truman Medical Center
Tri-County Mental Health Services
Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Hope Family Care Center 

Vibrant Health
Health Partnership of Johnson County
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care
Duchesne Clinic
Wyandot Center
Johnson County Mental Health Center
Mercy and Truth


The following Essential Child Care and Summer Day Camp locations are available to employees. You may choose any location that is convenient to you, regardless of whether you child attends the school district in which the program is located. Registration is open for June. Sign up by the week, and choose whatever weeks work for your family.

All programs includes a focus on achievement, relationships and belonging, plus fun activities such as arts, STEM, outdoor education and more. 


Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center
Address: 3800 E. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64128
Grades: Entering Kindergarten-6th Grade
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


Blue Valley - Leawood Elementary School
Address: 2400 W. 123rd Street, Leawood KS 66209
Grades: Completed Kindergarten-6th Grade
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Platte County - Pathfinder Elementary School
Address: 1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154
Grades: Entering Kindergarten-6th Grade
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Piper - Piper Middle School
Address: 4420 N 107th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109
Grades: Completed Kindergarten-6th Grade
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Shawnee Mission - Rosehill Elementary School
Address: 9801 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
Grades: Completed Kindergarten-6th Grade
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Kids with sidewalk chalk art

and Safety

Safety is always a priority. Based on input from public health officials, the following procedures will be in place.

  • Daily temperature checks for youth and YMCA staff
  • Daily wellness questionnaire for youth and YMCA staff
  • Face coverings for YMCA staff
  • Mandatory hygiene and cleaning 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.

Response to

Learn more about new procedures in place to help maintain a safe and healthy environment in this video from President and CEO John Mikos.

What to Bring

Bring a completed Emergency Information Packet to your location on your first day.

More Info

For additional information contact our Youth Development Services office by emailing or call 816.360.3390.