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Emergency childcare for essential workers

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The Quincy YMCA is offering emergency childcare for essential workers.

Jim Chamberlain, Quincy YMCA CEO, said right now they are accepting school-aged children ages 5 to 12. To follow the guidelines to protect against COVID-19, he said the children will be placed in rooms with no more then ten people… and they will not be allowed to intermingle with other groups. Also, all children and staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival.

"We have a few kids in our child care already and in fact, I spoke to a mother this morning who was very thankful and said, 'without this childcare, I wouldn't be able to get work done,'" said Chamberlain.

Chamberlain said he is hoping to hear back from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) if they can provide services to ages 0 to 4.

"How do we make sure that we can provide and prevent and work shortages or lack of production from workers not being able to work due to lack of childcare?" he said. "So, it really is, we feel, a big need for the community and for all essential workers in the community."

If you're an essential worker looking for childcare you can email the YMCA at

WGEM Staff

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