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YMCA Fairless Hills branch reopens temporarily providing school-age child care programs

YMCA of Bucks County temporarily reopened its Fairless Hills branch on Sept. 8 to support families by providing school-age child care programs.
This unexpected need is a result of local school districts moving to 100% virtual and hybrid learning formats due to COVID-19 concerns. Outside of child care hours, the Y will open its fitness center, pool and gymnasium to Y members with adjusted hours, services, and safety protocols in place. Details can be found on the Y’s website at
In early June, the Y announced that it would not reopen its Fairless Hills branch after being closed due to the pandemic. Instead, following the conclusion of summer camp at the end of August, the Y would remain closed and begin its planned building renovation on an accelerated schedule, completing the project in 12 months instead of 18 to 24 months.
As local school districts began adjusting their instructional schedules to 100% virtual and hybrid learning formats, hospitals, school districts, and families began contacting the Y seeking a solution to the overwhelming need for school age child care to support staff and families this fall.
The Y is launching its Student Success Program to support families needing care for their children who will attend school in a virtual or hybrid format. The program is being offered countywide at six locations and already has 400 children enrolled. It provides two-, three- and five-day options to support student’s academic requirements in a safe, fun environment. Additionally, the Y’s on-site child care center in Fairless Hills will continue to serve children and currently has openings in its program for toddlers aged 18 to 24 months.