West Cook YMCA

district 90 employee childcare & remote learning supervision

The West Cook YMCA has been nurturing the potential of our community’s youth for 118 years and when the COVID-19 pandemic closed 85% of all child care programs in Illinois, your Y offered the emergency childcare program so our essential workers could serve us and our neighbors. As you are called back to work, the West Cook YMCA remains steadfast in our commitment to you and your child through our remote learning support program– regardless of how the COVID-19 Pandemic unfolds.   



Email completed packet to d90childcare@westcookymca.org

important parent information


AGES SERVED: School Age | 5-13 years

PROGRAM DAYS: Monday-Friday | 7:45 am to 3:45 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Elementary School | 511 Park Ave., River Forest, IL 60305

MEALS PROVIDED: Bring nut-free lunch. Snack will be provided.


HEALTH & SAFETY: Children showing cold or flu like symptoms like coughing, runny noses, sneezing or above normal temperatures are not permitted into the program. To ensure safety, a health worker will screen each child before they enter the facility each day. This will include taking the child’s temperature and reviewing a basic health screen with each caregiver dropping off the child. If during the program, a child begins showing flu or cold like symptoms, staff will escort that child to a designated care center where they can be further assessed, under staff supervision and care until the parent can be notified. 


Remote Learning: Providing a classroom atmosphere where learning and safety are possible

Social-Emotional Development: Focus on understanding and controlling feelings to build strong relationships

Enrichment: Engaging activities that focus on science, engineering, art, drama, and literacy

Gross Motor Activities: Physical activities that include sports, music and movement, and fitness

As a D90 employee, you understand the importance of a youth in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. You can go to work with a peace of mind knowing that the Y aligns with your values as a teacher and will support your child in completing their remote learning and provide a safe and fun environment where they will be welcomed as an individual, where they are valued and recognized as a unique person, where they feel a sense of belonging, can make new friends, and achieve goals that will help them succeed at home, in school, and in life. 

Designed with your child’s health and safety in mind, the Y’s childcare program was developed in collaboration with a pediatric health and safety advisory committee consisting of doctors and nurses from Loyola Medicine and West Suburban Medical Center to ensure we have rigorous protocols in place that follow CDC and public health department guidelines. Our staff are experienced and trusted in providing childcare during COVID-19.

The Y is here for you in your time of need regardless of how the pandemic shifts.



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