Child care in the era of COVID-19 has been a real hit-and-miss prospect. Many daycares have had to stay closed because of capacity limits or the inability to stay in compliance with health safety guidelines. And then there's the matter of money. So many people need to work but they are facing hours that have been cut so coming up with money for daycare has been difficult or downright impossible.

The YWCA is stepping up to help. If you can certify that you have been impacted by COVID-19 you can qualify for free childcare at YWCA no matter how much money you make. The YWCA El Paso del Norte Region got a grant from the City of El Paso of $1.6 million to provide no-cost childcare and after school care to El Paso families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the year the YWCA had a childcare program called YWCA CARES that gave parents vouchers for free childcare. The YWCA also helped those families find funding for childcare in the form of scholarships and subsidies. This is an extension of that program.

The free childcare program is available all day or during after school hours until December 30 of this year. The YWCA is offering in-person childcare for kids to age 12 at seven locations in El Paso. If your kiddo is in school, they will have access to WiFi, help with distance assignments, and other support while they learn. The YWCA will also cover the cost of YWCA After School Programs for qualifying families at participating campuses when schools reopen to in-classroom learning.

You do have to live within the City of El Paso city limits adnd you will have to certify that you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can call 915-519-000 for more information or go to their website by clicking here for the list of qualifications