Free Child Care for Essential Workers in Mississippi



School-Age Children 5 Years of Age or Older

This child care is available to all families of essential workers.

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South is prepared to support families of essential workers by providing childcare at no cost to families. This service is only provided for school-age children 5 years of age or older.

Many professions qualify for essential care including:

  • Law Enforcement 
  • Fire Prevention and Response 
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) 
  • 911 Call Center Personnel 
  • Hospitals and Clinics Providing Medical Treatment to Individuals 
  • Research and Laboratory Operations 
  • Nursing Homes 
  • Residential Health Care Facilities 
  • Congregate-Care Facilities 
  • Assisted Living Facilities 
  • Elder Care 
  • Medical Wholesale and Distribution 
  • Home Health Workers and Aides 
  • Medical Supply and Equipment Manufacturers and Providers 
  • Medical Waste Disposal 
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal 
  • Other Ancillary Healthcare Services On A Case-By-Case Basis


Check In Procedures

In an abundance of caution, we will be implementing the following procedures for all childcare programs, please allow extra time for dropping your children off.  We recommend that you plan to have an extra 10 minutes to make sure you are on time to work or to a class.  This procedure will include drop-in branch child watch, youth centers, spring break camps, and our early learning centers:

  • Fever and Health Screens:  We will take the temperature of all children and staff before they are allowed to be signed into one of our childcare programs and will be asked a short series of questions to determine if there have been any signs of illness within the past 24 hours.

  • Handwashing: Anyone entering the program space will be required to wash their hands while being supervised by one of our staff members to ensure proper handwashing and reduce the spread of germs.

  • Personal Belongings: Outside toys, stuffed animals, electronic devices, and any other personal belongings will not be allowed in the childcare program areas. Any personal belongings associated with caring for an infant, such as pacifiers will be allowed after it has been sanitized by one of our staff members to prevent outside germs entering program areas.

  • Program Areas: Parents and other staff will not be allowed to enter into the program areas unless in an emergency situation. They will then be required to go through the same screening and handwashing procedure to ensure the safety of the children in our care.  

  • Any child who is experiencing symptoms of fever (greater than 100°F), cough or shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, weakness, etc. within the last 24 hours, will not be allowed to check into a childcare program.  


For more information on precautionary safety measures put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our FAQs.

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To learn more about our childcare policies, view our Parent Handbook.

Parent Handbook


Care Schedule

6:00 a.m. -
8:30 a.m.
  • Opening Care
  • Morning Snack (8:30 a.m.)
12:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m.
  • Small Group Activities
  • Rest Time 
  • Afternoon Snack (2:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m. 
  • Small Group Time
2:30 p.m. -
6:00 p.m.
  • Small Group Activities
11:30 a.m.   
  • Lunch 
6:00 p.m.
  • Evening Snack
    6:30 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. 
  • Closing Care

Please pack your child with the following:

  • 1 Morning Snack
  • Sack Lunch
  • 2 Afternoon Snacks
  • Change of Clothes 

Please bring these items in a disposable bag labeled with your child's name.