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Schools and Non-Emergency Child Care Programs:

Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency childcare programs until June 29, 2020 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.


Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs

In the wake of the closure of early childhood education programs by state order due to the spread of COVID-19, 17 Cape Cod facilities are available to provide emergency child care for essential personnel. To ease the burden on parents and guardians working on the front lines, the state will fund approved Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs, which are the only such programs allowed to operate during the state of emergency.

The emergency programs can be accessed by doctors, nurses, health care professionals, law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, grocery store employees and others deemed essential by the state.

The programs, free of charge for families, will operate seven days a week until further notice. They are exempt from Gov. Charlie Baker's order temporarily closing all early childhood education programs in the state from March 23 through at least April 6.

State education officials have identified emergency providers who will provide back up, drop-in child care. Priority will be given to essential workers, families involved with the state Department of Children and Families and families living in shelters.

Four Cape YMCAs, two child care centers and several home-based child care businesses have been identified as emergency child care providers on the Cape.

YMCA Cape Cod has a total of 200 slots available and anticipate high usage. Little Stars Learning Center LLC in South Dennis, has been approved for 40 slots even though it's licensed for 82. The state Department of Early Education and Care is abiding by a 10 child-per-class guideline. Child care staff at all locations will do wellness checks at the door and take children's temperatures. Only children will be allowed to enter the facilities.

A list of authorized emergency child care providers can be found at:

Emergency Child Care Programs

YMCA Cape Cod is EXPANDING Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs for ALL essential workers starting Wednesday, April 1.

Available ONLY for parents/guardians who are essential workers as defined by Governor Baker:
There is no cost to families for this service.
Programs will operate 7 days a week, until further notice.
Childcare hours are DROP IN from 6 am to 11 pm at the following YMCA Cape Cod childcare locations:

  • Falmouth Hospital Campus, 67B Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth
  • North Falmouth Congregational Church, 155 Old Main Road, North Falmouth
  • Lyndon P. Lorusso YMCA, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
  • Harwich Elementary School, 263 South Street, Harwich
  • Stony Brook Elementary School, 384 Underpass Rd, Brewster

Each location will accept a maximum of 40 children at any given point in time. If we reach capacity and a child is picked up, we will take the next child in line. Siblings will remain together as much as possible.
Children can be as young as 13 weeks and as old as 12 years
FREE breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 snacks per day will be served.
There is no need to pre-register; however all parents must complete information forms available on the YMCA Cape Cod website: To reduce wait time at drop-off, parents are asked to fill out the forms in advance of dropping off their children.
Parents MUST stay in their car at drop-off.
All children and staff will be temperature checked at the time of drop off. Be prepared for wait time. Temperature checks will operate on-going throughout the hours of operation.
Childcare staff have been specially trained in health protective measures per Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocols.
CDC cleaning protocols and more will be followed prior to opening, after closing, and during the day.
We have tried to answer as many anticipated questions as we can on our website. Due to staffing shortage, we deeply regret that we are not able to accommodate phone calls or emails.

CLICK HERE to read the complete press release.