The YMCA of Greater Boston closed all its branches on Monday March 16th, due to COVID-19 and closed our childcare programs on Friday March 20th after Governor Baker’s decision to close all childcare facilities in the Commonwealth by March 23rd to prevent the spread of the virus.

Starting Monday March 23, the YMCA of Greater Boston branches and centers will be open for Emergency Child Care on a drop in basis, in accordance with state guidelines. We will be serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. This care will support essential workers and vulnerable children only. It is recommended that all families keep their children home, and only seek emergency child care if needed.

This emergency child care will be offered through the end of the state of emergency, currently set for June 29, 2020. Child care will be provided, at several YMCA branches and centers across Greater Boston, in accordance to state guidelines.

Please note that we will do a screening prior to entry into our space. This screening will include a temperature check of both the child and the caregiver. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis for essential workers only. As more developments occur regarding the Coronavirus public health crisis, we will continue to evaluate how we move forward with our current and ongoing support in the community.

The YMCA of Greater Boston is also sponsoring the Mayor’s emergency food distribution. Visit Here to find locations.

How to Enroll:

Contact Enrollment Coordinator Ashely Bouchard at

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Flexible schedule available to meet the needs of essential workers.

We will have child care in the following neighborhoods/towns:

  • YMCA Children's Center
    100 Sylvan Rd
     Woburn, MA
  • YMCA Kid Stop
    1980 Centre Street
    West Roxbury, MA

  • Parkway Community YMCA
    1920 Centre Street
    West Roxbury, MA

  • YMCA RTH Children’s Center
    82 Fenwood Rd
    Boston, MA

  • Wang YMCA
    8 Oak Street
    Boston, MA

  • East Boston YMCA
    215 Bremen Street
    East Boston, MA

  • Roxbury YMCA
    285 MLK Boulevard
    Roxbury, MA

  • YMCA at Ashley Street
    54 Ashley Street
    East Boston, MA

  • YMCA Children’s Center
    725 Lexington Street, lower building
    Waltham, MA

  • Waltham YMCA
    725 Lexington Street
    Waltham, MA

  • Huntington Avenue YMCA
    316 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA

  • Dorchester YMCA
    776 Washington Street
    Dorchester, MA

CLICK HERE for a list of additional Emergency Child Care Sites.

Preferred Emergency Child Care available for hospitals seeking to provide care just for their employees. Contact Amy Turner at



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