Your child’s health and safety is our first priority:
Our response to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 situation changes, we will provide updated information here.
The YWCA St. Louis Early Education Program is committed to the health, safety and well-being of the children and families in our community. As long as families continue to work, children need safe places to go.
Our Central Office is open with limited staff. If you have questions, please call us at 314-427-4940.
Upcoming Food Distribution Events:
City of St. Louis and St. Louis County COVID-19 Resources:
Click this link for the St. Louis County COVID-19 Resource web page.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314) 615-2660.
Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.
YWCA St. Louis Early Education Facebook Group:
We hope to ease some stress by providing activities and links to resources for parents and guardians of young children.
Join our Facebook Group for more ideas and support.
Food for Families:
All Our Kids is a collaborative project to provide “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals for students while schools are not in session.
St. Louis Area Food-Bank
Missouri Food Assistance
Operation Food Search
City of St. Louis Public Schools Free Meals for Students
St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search are teaming up to provide “Drive Thru Food Pick Up for Kids” from 10 am-12 pm at five branches: Florissant Valley Branch, Rock Road Branch, Jamestown Bluffs Branch, Prairie Commons Branch, and Weber Road Branch. Follow this link for more information.
Every Tuesday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Better Family Life provides a Free Mobile Food Market. Located at 5415 Page Blvd, 63122 – You pull up and they will load your vehicle.
If your employment has been effected by COVID-19, this article gives a snapshot of how the CARES Act can help you.
If you are an Early Childhood Education provider, support provided is intended to “allow providers to continue operations during and after this crisis and ensure working parents on the front-lines of this pandemic can access child care.” First Five Years Fund released this article explaining the new unemployment benefits under the CARES Act.
If you have a need for housing assistance, the following links to “Need Help Paying Bills” will provide information on eviction, re-housing assistance, and rental assistance.
Eviction and Re-Housing:
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri:
If you cannot afford your rent at this time, follow this link and use this form to create a letter to your landlord. The letter communicates that you are struggling financially and reminds them of federal protections that may prevent your eviction. This form is not intended to be used as legal advice: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
St. Louis City CARES – Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program:
The City of St. Louis has allocated $5.4 million dollars of its CARES Act funding to assist City residents with their rental & mortgage payments. The Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Affordable Housing Commission and various housing organizations have established a rental and mortgage assistance program to help residents who are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. All forms of assistance will be made directly to the landlord/lender. Follow this link: Rental and Mortgage Assistance.
As part of the “It’s About Hope: Reinforcing Resilience” series, Places for People, ReCAST and the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health are offering a live training, “Mama said there’d be days like this… (Parenting in today’s world)” to help parents and caregivers develop skills needed to support children during challenging times. Join Places for People Incredible Years Team Leader, Kevin Wells, MSW, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, for this free online training. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mama-said-thered-be-days-like-this-parenting-in-todays-world-registration-104538507490
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great website to keep you informed and give you tips about healthy living, safety, health issues, family life, and more. They cover every age group including teens and young adults. This link will take you to a page focused on Parenting in a Pandemic.
Hatch Early Learning and Musical Moments: When a young child listens to music, plays a musical instrument, or dances, a LOT of things are happening! The brain starts forming connections that pave the way for learning opportunities including vocabulary building and math comprehension. Not only that, but music can be so much FUN! – Try these musical activities with your little one—they may just get your whole family moving, too!
In partnership with the founders of Baby Einstein, Teaching Strategies has created a new app for parents and families of young children from birth through age 5. ParentPal™ is an all-in-one personal parenting coach, providing tools to take the guesswork out of parenting.
The National Head Start Association has partnered with Common Sense Media and 25 other trusted education and technology organizations to launch Wide Open School. You’ll find a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids.
The National Head Start Association has a page of Resources for Parents to help with talking to kids about COVID-19, tips for coping with a new baby during this pandemic, and about managing your stress and the frustration your family is feeling. They also have a page of Free Resources to Support Learning at Home with links to more educational websites.
Download Ignite@Home by hatch from the iTunes or Google App Store to keep your children learning at home. Ignite will help you engage your children in learning, nurture their growth in 34 skill areas, and prepare your children for Kindergarten.
Use the code HWU2020 to get the Ignite@Home special.
To support families at home, Teaching Strategies and ReadyRosie have put together Healthy At Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19. Every week they compile videos and learning games for each age group.
DID YOU KNOW…
St. Louis Bicycle Works, gives kids the chance to earn a free bike while they learn about bicycle safety and maintenance from our volunteers. About 350 kids graduate from the program every year, earning their own bike, helmet, light and lock.
St. Louis Byte Works, gives children the opportunity to earn a complete desktop computer system. The six-week course gives them the technical skills they need to use and maintain it, all while seeing first-hand the true power of responsibility and commitment.
St. Louis Book Works was founded in 2011 to promote verbal, visual and cultural literacy through creative expression. Young people in the program work with volunteer editors to write and illustrate their own books.
At the end of each program, children have a real, tangible reward for their commitment — along with skills they can use for a lifetime.
Early Childhood Education Beginning at 6 weeks of age (most locations)
$40 per day, Breakfast, lunch and snack included
School Age (5 years-12)
$30 per day, lunch and snack included
Essential Personnel Locations
Chesterfield – 636-532-3100
O’Fallon, MO – 636-379-0092
Emerson Family YMCA – 314-521-1822
South County -314-849-9622
Tri City YMCA – 618-876-7200
Collinsville/Maryville/Troy – 618-346-5600
First Responders & Emergency Medical Personnel Locations:
Carondelet Park Rec Complex – 314 768-9622
Four Rivers Family YMCA – 636-239-5704
Resources for Pregnant Women:
St. Louis Area Diaper Bank will provide an emergency supply of 25 diapers to families in need at four branches each Friday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Supplies and sizes may be limited. Diapers are provided for children three years of age and younger that are present at the time of pickup. Diapers will be distributed in the branch parking lots. Follow this link for more information.
Is your anxiety from COVID-19 getting the best of you? Go to www.virusanxiety.com for guidance on mindfulness, meditation, and your mental health.
The following link will take you to resources to support families in helping young children cope with the challenges that might occur during Emergencies and National Disasters.
Go to this link to see Five Helpful Responses for Families from the Conscious Discipline website.
At a time like this, it is important to talk about your feelings and emotions with your children. Help them learn the different emotions and their names. This link will will take you to the Conscious Discipline How Do You Feel Chart and other emotion resources.