Child Care for Essential Workers

The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. The school-age childcare offers new locations, a daily rate, and financial assistance!

Online registration can be found at:

Other Child Care Resources from Brightside Up

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care that they need.

Link to the Parent Survey:


Providers needed

OCFS is collecting information from licensed and registered child care providers to find out whether they have openings in their child care program, and if they have the capacity and desire to serve more children than their established capacity. Providers who have slots available in their program are asked to complete this survey every Wednesday. OCFS will share this information with stakeholders including the local child care resource and referral agencies to help connect parents in need of child care with available slots in their community.

Link to the Child Care Availability Survey:


Substitutes needed

OCFS is seeking assistance from licensed and registered childcare programs and their employees. Childcare workers who are temporarily out of work due to COVID-19 related program closures may be able to help fill vital roles at other childcare programs.

If you are interested in helping support your community by helping to keep local child care programs operating-especially to care for children of health care and other critical workers, please complete this Survey for Current Child Care Workers. Your responses will be shared with local childcare programs that are in need of staff.

Substitute Survey: