Emergency Camp

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YWCA of Alton understands that childcare is always a critical work supports for families, especially now during our State’s stay at home strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19. Where possible, children should be kept at home, but we know it is not an option for some of our essential workers.

Beginning June 1, we will be opening an Essential Worker Camp for already enrolled children whose parents are both essential workers at our YWCA of Alton and Ivy Heights Church location in Wood River.

The State of Illinois defines an “essential worker” as those who provide services or perform work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain, and repair Essential Infrastructure. This includes, but is not limited to food production, distribution, construction, airport operations, health care operations, operation and maintenance of utilities including water, sewer and gas, solid waste and recycling collection and removal and telecommunications. The definition and entire list can be found in items #7-12 on pages 6-10 in the amended Stay at Home Executive Order.

During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of Prioritized Essential Workers are eligible to receive child care through the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program regardless of income level. Parents must complete this form and send to CHASI at CCAP4GC@childrenshomeandaid.org.

For further information regarding the Priority Essential Worker Applications, please contact:

Children’s Home & Aid
2133 Johnson Road Granite City, IL 62040

Child Care Assistance Program
Phone: 800-847-6770, Ext. 360 | Fax: 618-452-5010 or 618-874-2717
Email: Receive and submit Priority Essential Worker Applications, CCAP Applications and forms CCAP4U_GC@childrenshomeandaid.org

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will be separating the children into groups of 10 in two separate classrooms with one staff member per 10 children. There will be no intermixing between the two classrooms.

Daily health screenings will be conducted for all YWCA staff and children entering the building.

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

Please contact Kathy Holder at 618.465.7774 or cedirector@altonywca.com for more information and to enroll.

YWCA of Alton offers a high quality year round Child Enrichment program serving school aged children in the Alton, Roxana, and Wood River-Hartford School Districts. The program helps children achieve and maintain a positive sense of self through cognitive, social, physical and creative development in an environment that is safe and nurturing. In addition, we accept CCAP payments (CHASI and DCFS Collaborations).

Children YWCA Child Enrichment Care Benefit from:

  • Connections to caring adults
  • STEAM Curriculum plus activities to promote reading and writing
  • Classroom activities that help children develop their individual interests, talents and skills
  • A focus on anti-bias and conflict resolution skills – teaching children to respect the viewpoints of others
  • Opportunities to learn with community involvement and service

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