How the Y Is Assisting Our First Responders

Child Care for First Responders

Prior to the need to close all schools, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles was running after school care programs for nearly 18,000 children in Los Angeles County. While most of us need to act in accordance with the Governor's and Mayor’s Safer at Home policy, we know that there are a lot of first responders and front line medical workers who need a safe place for their children while they fight this pandemic. So, the Y is partnering with hospitals and municipalities to provide this much needed service.  

Our Torrance-South Bay Family YMCA has partnered with Torrance Memorial Medical Center to provide child care Monday through Saturday from 6:30am-8pm so our medical care givers can focus on helping provide the best care to those in need. We’re helping with school work, making sure the kids are staying active and we’re also playing games and having fun; all while making sure to adhere to all CDC social distancing guidelines.  

Our Mid Valley Family YMCA officially launched the YMCA and Valley Presbyterian Hospital “pop up” childcare site on Thursday, April 3. The Y and VPH have had an amazing history that go back to our origins in Van Nuys – David Fleming (Senator Hertzberg’s Sr. Advisor) shared at our Gala last year that the founders of VPH were part of the original group of volunteers who also served on the Y board.

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA and Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA are also offering free child care for essential workers.