Greater Scranton YMCA Reopening Early Learning Center and School Age Program for Essential Services Personnel

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Beginning Monday, June 1, the Greater Scranton YMCA will reopen its Early Learning Center for essential services personnel. Examples of essential services personnel includes health care employees, emergency workers (fire, police, emergency medical services, etc.), grocery store staff and more.

The Greater Scranton YMCA understands securing child care during this time is a hardship for families who must still report to work. Because essential services personnel still must work, the Greater Scranton YMCA submitted a waiver to the state allowing the organization to provide child care services for these families.

“The safety of our children and staff is our top priority,” said Janine Shaffer, Education Director, Greater Scranton YMCA. “We understand families who must still work need care for their children. Over the past several weeks, we have worked on a plan to safely and responsibly reopen our center and we are very excited to welcome back the families we’ve missed, as well as new families in need of our services.”

Beginning Monday, June 8, the Greater Scranton YMCA’s day-long school age program will open for essential services personnel. If by June 8 Lackawanna County is moved to the yellow phase of Governor Wolf’s reopening plan, the full Early Learning Center and day-long school age program will reopen. Upon reopening these programs, the Greater Scranton YMCA will follow all guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The Y will be sure to post all possible date changes to its child care reopening plan as soon as they become available.

To learn more about the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Early Learning Center or to register, contact Janine Shaffer, To learn more about the day-long school age program or to register, contact Karen Clause at