Governor Tim Walz announced on Friday that YMCAs across Minnesota, including the Fergus Falls YMCA, have partnered with the State to provide school-age child care amid efforts to slow COVID-19 transmission.
"Despite the recent mandate to temporarily close our recreational facilities, the Fergus Falls YMCA has continued to serve our community when they need us most," said Executive Director Eric Price. "With local schools closed, finding safe child care has become a pressing challenge for many area families. We have responded by expanding our child care services to meet this community need." stated Price.
Starting Monday, March 23rd the Fergus Falls YMCA will begin expanded childcare from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages five through 6th grade. The program will follow social distancing and cleaning guidelines from the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program will be prioritized for children of Emergency workers, including educators, grocery store workers, utility workers, essential state and local government staff, etc., but is open to all community members. The cost is $40 per day with financial assistance available. Call 218-739-4489 between 9am and noon (Monday through Friday) to secure a spot for your child.
The Fergus Falls School District will also use the YMCA as a food distribution site and provide free breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch 12:00-12:30 p.m. for all those children under 18 years old. Those not enrolled in childcare can pick up food on the East side of the YMCA at the designated entrance.
"Fergus Falls has always been incredibly supportive of the YMCA and its mission," said Board President Steve Swanson. "Our ability to serve our community during this challenging time is made possible by our generous donors and loyal members - thank you to all who support us," stated Swanson.
To support the Fergus Falls YMCA's Child Care Response Fund, please visit www.fergusfallsymca.org or send a check to Fergus Falls YMCA, 1164 N Friberg Ave. Fergus Falls, MN, 56537 (Please put "Child Care Fund" in the memo line).