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Have a job that won’t allow you to take off of work? The YMCA might be able to help

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Not everyone has the luxury of staying home in a public health crises. That’s where the YMCA comes in.

Selected Ys in both Miami-Dade and Broward will be providing child care services for kids of first responders, healthcare workers as well as city and county staffers.

“The Y prides itself on being a good community partner,” said Tongelia Milton, executive director of communications for YMCA South Florida.

Called School’s Out Camp, the program includes physical activities, arts and crafts plus much more for kids age 5-12, according to the website.

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Not a first responder? Don’t worry — each camp differs. While the Hallandale Beach YMCA Family Center’s program will be reserved only for the aforementioned groups, others, like in South Miami-Dade or Pembroke Pines, just give them priority. Parents don’t even have to be YMCA members to apply.

Though the website says that the services begin Monday and last until the end of the week, Milton noted that only a state mandate to close or a lack of need will halt it.

“We will continue to work with Miami-Dade [and Broward] County Public Schools to provide the service,” Milton said.

Both counties elected to close schools for the following two weeks on Friday. The decision came just after the Florida Department of Education recommended “that you NOT close the school/college/program” even if a student, faculty or staff member was exposed to some with COVID-19.

For more information and a full list of Ys offering the program, click here.

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