Hamilton Area YMCA

Essential Personnel Childcare

During this time of community need, the Hamilton Area YMCA will be offering a full day child care program at two locations for those who need us most.

Who is considered “Essential” for Emergency Child Care Assistance?

  • Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health
  • Law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and correctional facility staff
  • Individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020
  • Staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff
  • Essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees
  • Certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders, which includes, for example, grocery store and gas station employees. 

The State of New Jersey is currently covering the cost of childcare for essential workers, regardless of income. For more information, visit the state's emergency childcare website.

To register as an essential employee who needs childcare, visit the registration page and select your county.

Applicants will be contacted by one of the state's Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies within two business days to discuss the next steps. Additional documents may be request from the State.

Families will need to complete required health forms upon registering. Please read the Essential Personnel Child Care Handbook (located under downloads) for details on screening upon entry, drop off and pick up procedures, snacks and meals, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

The safety and well-being of children in our care and staff are our top priority. We have health protocols in place to ensure the highest level of safety. Care will be provided in a state licensed program with qualified, trained Child Care Providers.

3 - 5 and 6 - 12 
If your child has diverse abilities, Y staff must review on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility for care. 

Beginning Tuesday, April 7 from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ages 3 - 5 
Hamilton Area YMCA
Ys Owls Preschool 
1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton

Ages 6 - 12
University Heights Elementary School
645 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton

For questions about enrollment, contact Beverly Gessner, VP Child Learning & Development at bgessner@hamiltonymca.org.