Child Care for Essential Personnel

Last updated on Monday, March 30.

Many essential workers, including healthcare professionals and first responders, are struggling with child care issues, especially with all area schools closed. The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is extending a hand to the community during this time by offering child care to all essential personnel. These services are being offered to both YMCA members and non-members. This will allow essential staff to continue keeping our community healthy, safe, and thriving.

This care is available to children of emergency first responders such as police force, firefighters, medical personnel, city or county staff responding to the crisis, grocery store staff, and others providing critical services to the community during this time. Click here for a full list of positions considered essential personnel.

Care will be provided for children ages six weeks through fifth grade at the following YMCA Learning Centers based on availability:

Fercho YMCA 400 1st Ave S, Fargo Hours: 5:30am – 8:30pm weekdays
Schlossman YMCA 4243 19th Ave S, Fargo Hours: 6:30am – 8:30pm weekdays
Calvary YMCA 4575 45th St S, Fargo Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm weekdays
South YMA 4225 38th St S, Fargo Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm weekdays
West Fargo YMCA 1042 14th Ave E, West Fargo Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm weekdays

The YMCA will work with families who’s schedules require them to work outside of these normal business hours including evening and weekends. These non-traditional hours will be provided upon request, as we are able, at the downtown Fercho YMCA. There will be no infant care (24 months and younger) at the Schlossman YMCA.

Children will participate in a wide array of fun enrichment activities such as crafts, games, literacy, STEM projects, and more. Meals and snacks are included in care.

The YMCA is dedicated to protecting the health, safety and well-being the children and families in our care. We have systems in place to diligently clean toys and spaces, regularly wash hands, minimize the number of children per group, and enforcing sick policies, including sending children home if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher. Additionally, we will continue to follow regular policies and procedures, including what is listed in the YMCA Parent Handbook.

We would love to share with you the steps we are taking to keep our child care participants, families, and staff safe at this time. Whether you’re a current child care family, are hoping to enroll soon, or are just curious about our processes, check out the video below to learn more!


Interested in registering? Please download the form below and email to

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Questions regarding the offerings above? Please email and we will be happy to assist you.