Children’s Crossings Child Care Program nominated for the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Unsung Hero AwardDecember 18th, 2020
The YMCA Cape Cod is glad to announce that the staff of Children’s Crossings Child Care Program have been nominated for the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Unsung Hero Award: Celebrating the Strength of Our Communities.
This special award for 2020 is an honorary recognition of individuals and organizations that have made a difference in improving the lives of others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients of this award include the frontline workers that we have depended on to provide daily assistance and necessities, giving us outlets for normalcy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Often overlooked and not publicly recognized, they provide our communities essential goods and services to help meet our basic needs for food, shelter, personal care and well-being. They include volunteers and helpful neighbors freely giving time and talent for community service and lower wage employees that go above and beyond their duties to serve the public. These are members of the community who have always been essential to holding America together day to day. We could not function without them during the pandemic or otherwise.
We could not be more proud of our amazing staff! Congratulations!
YMCA Cape Cod and Project Bread ensure food access for low-income students Free Grab & Go Meals available at 8 sites for 18 and underAugust 6th, 2020
West Barnstable, Mass. –
As the Commonwealth adjusts to COVID-19 restrictions, YMCA Cape Cod, in partnership with Project Bread, has adapted existing programs to ensure Cape Cod children and families can continue accessing needed resources in the context of a global pandemic.
Stacie Peugh, YMCA Cape Cod CEO observes, “As food insecurity rises sharply due to COVID-19, many families are looking for additional resources to access food. In Massachusetts, 1 in 5 children are now experiencing food insecurity, nearly doubling pre-pandemic numbers. Federal unemployment benefits may also expire soon, leaving many communities worried about an influx of families looking for support. We are excited to be able to meet this need in our communities thanks to this partnership.”
In Barnstable, Sandwich, & Falmouth, YMCA Cape Cod has been providing summer meals since June, and has served more than 260 children per day between the organization’s eight sites.
Locally, there are eight meal sites. Packaged meals are provided in a family grab and go style outside.
- Cromwell Court, 168 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA 02601, Meals served M-F, 12-1pm
- Faith Assembly, 154 Bearses Way, Hyannis MA 02601, Meals served Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30pm (distribution for 7 days-worth of meals)
- Camp Lyndon, 117 Stowe Road, Sandwich MA 02563, Meals served M-F during camp hours
- Village Green Apartments, 767 Independence Dr., Hyannis MA 02601
- Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street Barnstable MA 02630, Meals served Wednesdays from 12-1pm
- Camp 132, 2245 Iyannough Rd. West Barnstable MA 02668, Meals served M-F from 12-1pm
- YMCA Cape Cod Lyndon P Lorusso Early Education Center, 2245 Iyannough Rd West Barnstable during camp hours
- YMCA Cape Cod Falmouth Day Camp, 113 Lakeview Ave. Falmouth during camp hours
Any child 18 and under can receive a meal and no registration or ID is required. Employees wear face coverings and maintain a proper safe social distance.
“Every day, I see the thrill and gratitude from children and families firsthand,” says Barbara Burgo, Food Service Coordinator for the YMCA Cape Cod. “I would like to keep that going. We will remain open through the end of August and will work to continue feeding children into the fall if schools are closed.”
West Barnstable — In accordance with the Massachusetts Baker-Polito health and safety guidelines and re-opening plans for Phase 3, Step 1, YMCA Cape Cod facility re-opened today. The fitness center and pools will be available for YMCA Cape Cod members only. Fitness classes, which began in Phase 2, will remain outdoors. Summer Camps and Early Education Centers began opening in stages on June 22 and are now all open. These programs have all been operating without incident.
Operational details, hours, fees, registration information and guidelines for all services and programs are available on the Y website. Details regarding Covid-19 safety protocols can also be viewed.
Stacie Peugh, YMCA Cape Cod President & CEO comments:
“The return to services in our facilities, albeit socially distanced, will finally begin to be ‘people to people.’ The Y Board of Directors and all staff have been active and supportive participants in the planning and physical modifications for Monday’s re-opening. We are fully prepared with plans that ensure the safest possible environment for adults, children, and families. We are in this together and will work side by side with all stakeholders and those served to overcome the natural challenges and trepidation we all experience as each re-opening phase unfolds. I am grateful for and proud of the YMCA Cape Cod Board and staff who make this possible as we re-open “new normal” services on July 13.”
Dear Valued YMCA Cape Cod Members,
Yippee!!! We are going to see you again VERY soon!
Today Governor Baker announced the beginning of Phase 3 on Monday, July 6th. “Gyms” may reopen in Phase 3 (although we are MUCH MORE THAN A GYM…).
The YMCA Cape Cod must receive and comply with gym and pool regulations prior to re-opening. We know some regulations will require us to make some significant changes to our look and your experience. We’ve been anticipating these but we still need time to make the exact changes, train staff, schedule staff, and so much more!
We are aiming to RE-OPEN on MONDAY, July 13, 2020! We will send you an email filled with details about what to expect at the YMCA Cape Cod when we are ready to open. Stay tuned…!!!!
Thank you for “STAYING WITH US” during these challenging times!
Be well in spirit, mind, and body!
West Barnstable — Based upon the Massachusetts Baker-Polito health and safety guidelines and phased re-opening plans, YMCA Cape Cod is re-opening all but one of its Early Education Care locations as well as its Summer Camps according to the location and date schedule below. (Re-opening guidelines): https://eeclead.force.com/apex/EEC_ChildCareEmergencyHealthGuidance)
Early Education Care Locations re-opening June 29th:
- Lyndon P. Lorusso YMCA Early Education Center, West Barnstable.
- Falmouth Hospital Campus Early Education Center, Falmouth
- North Falmouth Congregational Church Early Education Center, North Falmouth
- Harwich Elementary School Early Education Center, Harwich
- Stony Brook Elementary School Early Education Center, Brewster
- YMCA Camp Lyndon in Sandwich, opened June 22
- YMCA Camp West Barnstable, opening Monday, June 29
- YMCA Camp Harwich, opening Monday, June 29
- YMCA Camp Falmouth, opening Wednesday, July 1.
Details regarding Covid-19 safety protocols, hours, fees, registration, etc. can be found on our website main landing page.
Sidebar: Emergency Child Care ends June 28th
YMCA Cape Cod has been a designated emergency childcare provider since March, serving children of front-line health care and essential workers. That program, partially subsidized by the State and offered as a free service, ends Sunday, June 28th. Stacie Peugh, Y CEO comments:
“It has been our honor to serve those families needing Emergency Child Care over the last three months. We have poured our hearts and souls into supporting the care (and feeding) of the Cape’s essential workers’ children. Our staff joined front line health care workers on their own front line taking the risks necessary to stand strong for our community during this pandemic. We hope many of the families we served found a new home at the YMCA Cape Cod. We invite those families to stay with us in this next chapter of re-opening. I am grateful for and proud of the YMCA Cape Cod staff who make this possible as we re-open “new normal” childcare services on Cape Cod starting Monday, June 29th.”
West Barnstable –Governor Charlie Baker, through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (“EEC”), has established a process to fund approved Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens. This approach prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work during this pandemic. “Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs” will be the only childcare programs that are allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
YMCA Cape Cod is now approved to offer Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs and will expand childcare for ALL essential workers starting Wednesday, April 1.
- Available ONLY for parents/guardians who are essential workers as defined by Governor Baker: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services
- 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:
- Falmouth Hospital Campus, 67B Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth
- North Falmouth Congregational Church, 155 Old Main Road, North Falmouth
- Lyndon P. Lorusso YMCA, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
- Harwich Elementary School, 263 South Street, Harwich
- 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: https://ymcacapecod.org/wp-content/uploads/YMCA-Cape-Cod-EEC-Emergency-Child-Care-Child-Info-Forms-.pdf. 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.
According to YMCA Cape Cod CEO Stacie Peugh, “During these unprecedented and uncertain times, we are honored to expand this critical service to all essential workers. If the demand for supporting essential health care workers increases, we will determine how we can best serve the greatest need with our limited regulated capacity. Most of our staff has been laid off and our revenue streams have taken a significant blow. There is minimal state funding available to fulfill our mission and be of service to the those who have no other childcare alternatives. There are calculated risks associated with opening childcare sites during this time, but the risk to the community at large, when essential workers are not able to work due to lack of childcare, is much greater. Supporting the front line of this battle is exactly what the YMCA should be doing in times of world-wide crisis. I’m humbled by the childcare workers that have agreed to put themselves at some risk to serve the children of those we need most on the battle fields. Our hearts and hopes are with every citizen of Cape Cod, our State, our Country, and our World as we face the unknown together.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE YMCA CAPE COD WEBSITE HOME PAGE ALERTS: WWW.YMCACAPECOD.ORG
To sustain a year round workforce, many agree early childhood education is essential.
“There’s a widespread lack of concern that childcare is a community need… we’re fostering the next generation,”says Stacie Peugh, CEO of Cape Cod YMCA
“Falmouth Wants a Y” is a community-based group of volunteers working together with the YMCA Cape Cod and Falmouth Aquatics to bring a Y to the Upper Cape.
Massachusetts YMCAs partners with the Wonderfund to offer free one-year access to DCF foster childrenJune 12th, 2019
BROCKTON, Mass. June 11, 2019–Starting immediately, the 28 YMCAs with their 81 locations are offering more than 12,000 foster children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) free, year-long access through a new partnership with the Wonderfund, Massachusetts’ charity serving children engaged with DCF.
The YMCAs are the newest civic organization to partner with the Wonderfund, Massachusetts’ charity providing emergency assistance and enrichment opportunities to children supported by the DCF across the state. YMCA associations across the Commonwealth are committed to promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who serves as Vice Chair of the Wonderfund, said: “All children deserve opportunities to learn, play and grow, and every child can find something they love to do at the YMCA, We are grateful to the Alliance of YMCA’s for partnering with the Wonderfund and DCF to offer free access to foster children engaged with the DCF across the Commonwealth!”
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs Executive Director Peter Doliber said: “The YMCAs in Massachusetts are grateful to partner with Wonderfund and DCF in offering children in foster care access to our Ys. Our desire to see every child reach their full potential matches perfectly with the mission of Wonderfund and DCF. It’s a great partnership that we know will have an impact for a lifetime.”
Added Old Colony YMCA President and CEO Vincent J. Marturano, “Old Colony Y, along with YMCAs across the Commonwealth, has been really excited to be a part of such an important initiative. It’s a great example of a public-private partnership that works for children and families, and we want to thank First Lady Lauren Baker and DCF Commissioner Linda Spears for asking us to be a part of it. YMCAs have long been a place where families and communities grow stronger, and we were happy to join so many other organizations in supporting this effort.”
To take advantage of this new program, DCF-approved foster parents of DCF foster children are being asked to contact their social worker and ask for the “YMCA Foster Child Access Letter.” The Alliance offers a searchable database of all member Ys across the state at https://www.maymca.com/find-your-y
The new partnership is being formally announced by Wonderfund and Alliance leaders at the Brockton YMCA (320 Main Street) on Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m.
The YMCAs are just the latest example of Massachusetts civic organizations that have partnered with the Wonderfund to offer access and opportunities for children and families served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Other Wonderfund partners include The Museum of Science in Boston, Zoo New England, the Boch Center, Boston Bruins PJ Drive, Edaville USA, Hope and Comfort, and the Cape Cod Children’s Museum.