The city and several organizations are partnering to provide discounted childcare for first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Wednesday, March 25, childcare for 100 children, ages 5 to 12, will be available for families of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, and public safety communication with a 50 percent discount.
The program will be administered by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and AYS - At Your School at multiple locations in Marion County. Those in need of care for children under the age of 5 will be referred to Early Learning Indiana, which has more than 200 spots available at facilities around the county.
“The men and women of our public safety agencies are on the front lines of our community’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, working long hours and prioritizing resident needs,” Hogsett said in a press release. “Indianapolis is committed to stepping forward and helping to provide much-needed support to these individuals and their family during this unprecedented time.”
Public safety workers interested in participating will be given a discount code that can be used when signing up for the program. Public safety ID numbers will be required when completing the application as well.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, children at these community-supported childcare facilities will be kept in separate groups of 10 or less to minimize risk for both childcare providers and youth participants. Additionally, each child will participate in a health screening and temperature check as part of drop-off protocol.
The city says community partners plan to have additional spots available for essential personnel as demand increases. Efforts are also underway to offer childcare opportunities for local healthcare workers.
Residents and affected workers impacted by COVID-19 restrictions are encouraged to visit the city’s resource guide. Spanish speaking residents can view the Resource Guide here. Individuals who are unable to navigate the city’s website can call 317-327-4MAC 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk to a customer service representative.