City of Yonkers, Yonkers Public Schools & Local Community-Based Organizations Partner to Provide Childcare Services for Essential Service Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak
YONKERS, NY – March 27, 2020 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the city is partnering with Yonkers Public Schools and local community-based organizations (CBOs) in opening Health Care Providers/First Responders (HCPs/FRs) childcare centers to accommodate students ages 4 through 12 who are the children of essential service providers who are working to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yonkers Community Development Agency (YCDA), which fosters partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector to provide economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons living in Yonkers, will fund the childcare services for Yonkers Public School students.
“These are uncertain times, but as a city and community leaders, our job is to lift each other up and lend a hand where and when we can,” said Mayor Spano, Yonkers Community Development Agency Chair. “This partnership will provide those battling COVID-19 on the frontlines the ease of mind that their children are in a safe and supportive environment while they work. Thank you to our schools and CBOs for stepping up so we can defeat this pandemic and become a stronger, more united Yonkers.”
Two childcare centers will operate from 8:00 am-6:00 pm, and include two meals, until Yonkers Public Schools reopen:
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program
Casimir Pulaski School
150 Kings Cross
Yonkers, NY 10583
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)
Neighborhood Kids Achievement Program (KAP)
759 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)
“These are times when the community comes together and unites to support one another, whatever the cost,” said Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez. “The Trustees didn’t hesitate for a moment to safely shelter the precious children of the men and women on the first line of defense in our community.”
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools added, “Our entire learning community is so grateful for the relentless work and commitment of Yonkers healthcare providers and first-responders during these tenuous times and on a daily basis. The decision to assist by offering a safe haven for their children was one way to offer thanks to these courageous individuals while they put their lives on the line. We are honored to be able to do our part.”
“During this unprecedented, global health crisis, Yonkers healthcare providers and first-responders are on the front lines dealing with the effects of novel Coronavirus,” commented Mike Khader, Yonkers City Council President. “While most of us are at home, practicing social-distancing, for these individuals, that simply isn’t possible. That’s why I’m happy that the Yonkers Public Schools will be opening two child care centers for the children of these critical service personnel. We need them focused on doing their jobs, not on finding safe, supportive environments for their children. I’m glad we can support them as they fight to get our city back up and running.”
Essential health care workers who qualify for the services may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and pharmacists. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters. As space permits, health care providers and first responders childcare centers will accommodate children of Yonkers Public Schools district essential employees.
Interested parents in the childcare service are asked to email Dr. Corey Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited. Any parent who wishes to utilize the HCPs/FRs services but does not have a registered Yonkers Public Schools student will be charged a daily fee per child not to exceed $60.00 per child, per day.