YMCA to offer day care with virtual learning support at 4 South Austin locations to start school year

YMCA of Austin will offer in-person day care in South Austin beginning Aug. 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
YMCA of Austin will offer in-person day care in South Austin beginning Aug. 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

YMCA of Austin will offer in-person day care in South Austin beginning Aug. 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

In an effort to help parents who need child care services this fall as local schools offer virtual classes, YMCA of Austin announced July 30 that it would be offering in-person, full-day child care at four South Austin locations to begin the 2020-21 school year.

From Aug. 17-Sept. 4, the YMCA’s Extend-A-Care program will operate out of Baranoff, Galindo, Joslin and Patton elementary schools, offering child care for individuals ages 4-12, according to a news release. The timeline aligns with Austin ISD's currently scheduled start of the the school year, which will begin Aug. 18 with at least three weeks of fully virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Extend-A-Care Y will offer a safe environment for students ages 4 to 12 to complete their online instruction while providing them the opportunity to socialize in small, appropriately spaced groups and participate in daily fitness and enrichment activities,” the news release by YMCA states.

Day care will be offered from 7:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with in-person supervision and after-school activities, according to the new release. The program cost $195 per child.

In total, YMCA of Austin is offering the program at 10 locations across the Austin area. All 10 locations can be found on the map below.