Westchester to provide child care for health care workers, first responders

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Westchester County school districts are opening their doors to provide child care for those who work in health care or are first responders (police, fire, EMS, corrections officers and all public health workers).

The service is for children ages 5 to 12 whose parents have no other care option.

A parent must show proof of employment at drop-off.

The service is available to residents of Westchester, as well as health care workers and first responders who live outside the county but work in Westchester.

The service will be provided regardless if the child attends a private school or a public school.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., five days a week.

Official say the children who participate will be separated into groups of 10 to 12 children, and social distancing will be practiced.

They say each child will have their temperature taken when they are dropped off, and no children with any flu-like symptoms may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present as well as a nurse. The program will be assigned a full-time administrator.

“This is an important thing we as a county can do to help support these brave men and women who are the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. I want them to be able to focus on their work and know that their children are well taken care of. It’s often said ‘it takes a village’ – today that village is a whole county and we are here to support and care for one another during this difficult and stressful time,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

The following is a list of sites where child care will be available:

Ardsley: Concord Road Elementary School
Bedford: Mount Kisco Elementary School
Blind Brook: Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School
Bronxville: Bronxville Elementary School
Byram Hills: Armonk Children's Corner
Croton-Harmon: Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School
Dobbs Ferry: Coordinated with existing after-school program at Springhurst Elementary School
Edgemont: Edgemont High School
Greenburgh – North Castle: Kenneth B. Clark Academy
Harrison: Harrison Elementary School
Hastings on Hudson:
Pre-K to 4th Grade: Hillside Elementary School;
5th and 6th Grade: Farragut Middle School
Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson Elementary School
Irvington: Dows Lane Elementary School
Katonah – Lewisboro: Elementary School
Mount Vernon: Holmes Elementary School
Additional childcare resources will be provided at Macedonian Baptist Church; Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Allen Memorial Church or the Church of God in Christ
New Rochelle: City School District of New Rochelle’s District Offices (second floor of New Rochelle City Hall)
Ossining: Park Elementary School
Peekskill: Uriah Hill Elementary Schools
Pelham: Siwanoy and Hutchinson Elementary School(s)
Pocantico Hills:
Rye City: Rye High School or Rye Middle School
Somers: Somers Intermediate School
Tarrytown: John Paulding Elementary School
Valhalla: Easter Seals or Valhalla Middle/High School
White Plains: Post Road Elementary School between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Yonkers: Each site may accommodate 2-3 classes of 10 students aged 4-12
Casimir Pulaski School – 150 Kings Cross, Scarsdale
Montessori School 31 – 7 Ravenswood Rd
School 17 – 745 Midland Ave
Yorktown: Yorktown High School between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Provisions for the younger children (0-5 years-old) in the county are still being fleshed out. Additional details will be shared when plans are finalized.

Residents should contact school districts for more information. 

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