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NEW! Capital District YMCA School-Age Childcare Now Covers “Essential” Workers, New Locations, a Daily Rate — Financial Assistance Offered!

ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2020) — The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.

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The Y has also partnered with several other organizations, such as the Victory Church, and is providing food for children in Albany, Greenbush, Schenectady and Troy.

Locations Providing Care
Arbor Hill Elementary — 1 Arbor Drive, Albany, NY 12207
Eagle Point Elementary — 1044 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Giffen Elementary — 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202
Hoosick Falls Central School — 21187 NY RT 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
New Scotland Elementary — 369 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Philip Schuyler Achievement — 676 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Sheridan Preparatory Academy — 400 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

YMCA Branches Providing Care
Bethlehem — 900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
Duanesburg — 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
Glenville — 127 Droms Road, Glenville, NY 12302
Greenbush — 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
Greene County — 35 Rt. 81, Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
Guilderland — 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084
Schenectady — 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Southern Saratoga — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Troy — 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180

Online registration can be found at:

You’re also welcome to call the Capital District YMCA at 518.869.3500.

To provide childcare scholarship assistance for essential personnel during these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA sets a goal to raise $250,000 towards the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, an emergency childcare fund for essential personnel as defined by Governor Cuomo.

The Y always accepts families, regardless of their ability to pay. By contributing to the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, the people of our region will make a direct and immediate impact by helping the Y provide safe, high-quality care for children whose parents and guardians have no choice but to report to work.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together for our first responders, medical professionals, and essential workers, and help care for their children and lighten their financial burden, as they must report to work and keep our community healthy and safe,” noted Capital District YMCA President David Brown.

Please join the Capital District YMCA by demonstrating how we come together and serve those who need us the most. Visit today.

About the Capital District YMCA

The Capital District YMCA is one of the area’s largest non-profits focused on engaging individuals and families in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is dedicated to helping people achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging. The YMCA ensures these opportunities are available to everyone no matter their ability to pay with generous support from community partners and donors. For more information about the Y, visit or call 518.869.3500.

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, the superintendents and school districts of the Capital Region BOCES are working with the Capital District YMCA to bring childcare resources to the families of emergency personnel in local communities. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, YMCA branch locations throughout the Capital Region will be offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.).

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities. The district is working with childcare providers in the district to explore further options for community members in need.

Information regarding these options is forthcoming and updates will be posted on our website.   

For enrollment information in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit or call 518-869-3500.

Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House at or 518-271-6777.

Additional childcare resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) at or 518-426-7181.