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Emergency Child Care Programs

YMCA Cape Cod is EXPANDING Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs for ALL essential workers starting Wednesday, April 1.

  • Available ONLY for parents/guardians who are essential workers as defined by Governor Baker:
  • There is no cost to families for this service.
  • Programs will operate 7 days a week, until further notice.
  • Childcare hours are DROP IN from 6 am to 11 pm at the following YMCA Cape Cod childcare locations:
    1. Falmouth Hospital Campus, 67B Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth
    2. North Falmouth Congregational Church, 155 Old Main Road, North Falmouth
    3. Lyndon P. Lorusso YMCA, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
    4. Harwich Elementary School, 263 South Street, Harwich
    5. Stony Brook Elementary School, 384 Underpass Rd, Brewster
  • Each location will accept a maximum of 40 children at any given point in time.  If we reach capacity and a child is picked up, we will take the next child in line.  Siblings will remain together as much as possible.
  • Children can be as young as 13 weeks and as old as 12 years
  • FREE breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 snacks per day will be served.
  • There is no need to pre-register; however all parents must complete information forms available on the YMCA Cape Cod website: To reduce wait time at drop-off, parents are asked to fill out the forms in advance of dropping off their children.
  • Parents MUST stay in their car at drop-off.
  • All children and staff will be temperature checked at the time of drop off. Be prepared for wait time. Temperature checks will operate on-going throughout the hours of operation.
  • Childcare staff have been specially trained in health protective measures per Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocols.
  • CDC cleaning protocols and more will be followed prior to opening, after closing, and during the day.

We have tried to answer as many anticipated questions as we can on our website.  Due to staffing shortage, we deeply regret that we are not able to accommodate phone calls or emails.

*Updated 3/31/2020

COVID-19 Closures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA Cape Cod must make the difficult decision to close all programs and services. Future program closures will be determined on a weekly basis.  By government order, the YMCA wellness facilities (pools, group classes, & fitness center) will be closed through at least May 4th.  Information will be posted on our website, Facebook page, and central phone message by noon each Friday. We know cutting off critical services such as food programs and child care for families in essential work roles puts great pressure on our community. We are actively pursuing options to provide limited services to essential workers such as health workers, first responders, and government employees, if needed. We will communicate these decisions as they are determined. Please check our website and Facebook page for updates.

We are hopeful that as many of our members and program participants as possible maintain their memberships and program fees as we navigate the unknown future together.

We thank you for your support in these unprecedented and worrisome times.

*Updated 3/31/2020

COVID-19 Billing Information FAQ’s  

We, as a nonprofit organization, are determined to, and will continue to pay, our full-time staff including full-time child care workers until funds are exhausted.  Regrettably, our entire part-time work force has been laid off.  Each have been instructed how to apply for unemployment. The YMCA Cape Cod is self-insured for unemployment and those costs are directly paid by the Y for each person approved.  The YMCA is committed to supporting this community for decades to come; your support during this difficult time will help ensure that is possible.

We are suspending all child care payments, going forward, for those not receiving services, until we reopen for regular operations.  Any payments from parents/guardians received to date, while we have been closed, will be credited towards future weeks of care.  At no charge, your child’s slot will be secure with no re-registration fee.  We sincerely hope this news eases any financial burden our child care families may have been experiencing or worrying about.  If you are in the position to continue any amount of payment as a donation to the YMCA Cape Cod we would greatly appreciate this gesture.  Simply email our CFO, Mike Merrill,, and we will send a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your generosity.  We are preparing to reopen FREE child care services for essential workers under the Governor’s emergency child care program.  More information will be available in the next few days.  Please visit our website,, frequently for updates.

In these unprecedented times we empathize with the emotional stress each of you may be feeling. So many questions of uncertainty leave us all feeling fearful and anxious. We anticipate one of the top worries on many people’s minds revolves around financial stability for yourselves, your families, your workplace, retirement funds, and more. Here at the Y, like many other organizations that serve the community, we are also grappling with having enough resources to ensure we are here to serve the community and maintaining our workforce. We are hopeful that as many of our members and program participants as possible maintain their memberships and program fees as we navigate the unknown future together.  Please know that we deeply appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult time.  As we receive rapidly changing information we are working just as quickly to adapt our operations, responses, and communications.

We wish you, and those you love, health and safety during this worrisome time.

Thank you for your continued support.

*Updated 3/19/2020 – 2:30 PM

COVID-19 Thank your Senators for supporting Non Profits!

Thanks to your incredible advocacy for the YMCA and the advocacy of our nonprofit partners, the Senate passed a revised CARES Act that includes important supports for the nonprofit community.

Take this opportunity to thank your Senators for their support of the CARES Act and of nonprofits in general!

Legislators are already looking ahead to the fourth phase of the federal government’s response, and we will need your help advocating for nonprofits to be supported every step of the way, so Ys can continue to serve our communities.  Now is the moment to build on our strong relationships with legislators by saying thank you and sharing the Y’s story.

Click here to email your Senators directly to thank them and ask them to continue supporting nonprofits like the Y!

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Thank your Senators for including nonprofits in the CARES Act!Click here to learn more