The YMCA childcare program has openings, despite program changes to deal with COVID-19 and stay at home orders by Gov. Laura Kelly.

Y-Kids is childcare for children kindergarten through fifth grade operated by the McPherson Family YMCA is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will offer educational activities.

“We are planning on helping the children through this educational gap,” said director Tyler Glidden. “Activities will include reading, writing, math, science, physical activity, and STEM activities to help keep them educationally engaged while their parents are working. We will be finding creative ways to help the children learn while still having fun.”

Every participant will be screened, using KDHE guidelines, for COVID-19 before the enter the building each day. In addition to asking screening questions, temperatures will be taken. Children with cough and /or shortness of breath will not permitted to attend.

The YMCA is limiting enrollment to ensure that KDHE guidelines are followed. Small activity groups will be used to observe social distancing guidelines.

The program will use the free meal program for breakfast and lunch. An afternoon snack will also be served.

For more information contact childcare director Ameilea Alexander at for more information or to get an enrollment packet.