State partners with YMCA to provide child care for health workers amid coronavirus crisis

State partners with YMCA to provide child care for health workers amid coronavirus crisis
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced it has partnered with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to provide child care centers for medical workers as they fight coronavirus epidemic. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced it has partnered with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to provide child care centers for medical workers as they fight coronavirus epidemic.

DECAL said the child care will start at for employees at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Eastside Medical Center, Emory, Georgia Highlands, Intown Pediatric, Northside, Piedmont, WellStar and Yerkes-Emory.

Officials said they expect to have more locations transformed into child care centers by March 27.

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“Our medical professionals are on the front lines of combating COVID-19 and child care is a major concern for them and their families during this time,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “The Y has always responded to the needs of our community. (Early Care and Learning) Commissioner (Amy) Jacobs and I applaud their initiative to pivot and work to provide these critical programs for our state’s youngest learners and their families.”

“Closing our facilities, doesn’t mean we’ve ‘closed shop.’ Just the opposite. In many ways this is our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who turn to us for community and to those who turn to us for survival,” said Lauren Koontz, CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. “We’re pivoting and repurposing and working to provide programs and services that will be critical in the coming weeks.”

If you are looking for child care, you can visit www.qualityrated.org. You can also call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS.