Last modified at Mon, 03/30/2020 - 3:42pm



In the past week, the Whatcom Family YMCA and Ys throughout the nation have been contacted by emergency services about providing childcare for their mission-critical staff. At the same time, we have heard an uproar of concern from families in Y programs: Without schools in session, they cannot work, and without work, they cannot provide for their families. 


With the support and assistance of Whatcom County and public health officials, the Y is currently offering full-day emergency K-5th programs for EMS, law enforcement, firefighters, medical staff, pharmacy staff, and grocery store workers.


During this enrichment program, children will enjoy arts, crafts, STEM, active play, learning loss support and supervision from our experienced Y staff.

Who Can Receive Care?

Children whose parents are first responders,  medical personnel or work in a pharmacy or grocery store.


We will take extraordinary precautions: 

  • Adults and children will wash and sanitize hands upon arrival and throughout the day
  • Our staff and registered nurses will monitor children and look for symptoms of COVID-19 and other exclusionary illnesses
  • School facilities will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day following recommended Health Guidelines.

Locations & Fees

  • Parkview Elementary School (Bellingham)
  • Cascadia Elementary School (Ferndale)

    Additional sites will open as needed.


Per Day Fee:  $35/day

Monday - Friday:  7:00am-6:00pm

If you need to call to register, please call 360-255-0585 and leave a voicemail if staff not available.

Financial assistance available & DSHS subsidy accepted.