During this time of great need in Westchester County, the school districts in Westchester, in conjunction with New York State and Westchester County Government, are opening their doors to the children of healthcare workers and first responders so that those on the front lines can continue to do their jobs that benefit all of us. For the greater good, all school districts in Westchester County are now providing childcare for children ages 5 to 12 for healthcare workers and first responders (police, fire, EMS, corrections officers and all public health workers) with no other childcare options. 

Latimer said: “This is an important thing we as a County can do to help support these brave men and women who are the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. I want them to be able to focus on their work and know that their children are well taken care of.  It’s often said ‘it takes a village’ – today that village is a whole County and we are here to support and care for one another during this difficult and stressful time.”

Those who would like to drop off a child must provide proof of employment (such as work ID) at child drop-off. The service is available to all County residents, and those healthcare workers and first responders who live outside of Westchester County but work in the County.  This service is provided regardless if your child attends a private school or a public school.  Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week.

The children that participate will be separated into groups of 10 to 12 children, social distancing will be practiced. Each child will have their temperature taken when they are dropped off and no children with any flu-like symptoms may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present as well as a nurse. The program will be assigned a full time administrator.

Residents should contact districts directly for more information.

Provisions for the younger children (ages 0 to 5) in the County are still being fleshed out. Additional details will be shared when plans are finalized.