Application Deadline Has Passed

Child care available through Aug. 31 at no cost for essential workers* through a generous partnership with DHS. Children must be enrolled in Kindergarten for 2022.

*As defined by the State of Tennessee

Programs & Eligibility
  • Available for all YMCA Fun Company programs through Aug. 31, 2021.
  • Participants be active participants in a Fun Company program by April 30. No exceptions.
  • Once approved, Essential Worker Care covers all program fees, including deposits.

Who counts as an "active" participant?

  • Registered for any Fun Company program--before/after care or all-day outs
  • Applied for free care
  • Approved for free care
  • Participate/attend at least twice a month.

This is a state-funded program. If you fail to meet eligibility requirements, including failing to attend or violating program policies, you will be subject to fees.

Summer Deposit Refunds
  • Parents are required to pay a deposit to reserve their spot upon registration.
  • Families who have qualified for free care will have their deposits refunded. Please allow 3-4 weeks for our team to process these refunds.
Cancellation Policies

Because space is extremely limited, we require that you notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel after you register.

Absence without prior notification on two occasions will result in dismissal from emergency response care.

Should you need to cancel, please contact


The YMCA is following safety and cleaning procedures vetted and approved by local Public Health officials.
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Clean Spaces
We provide enhanced cleaning and other safety protools designed in collaboration with CDC and local public health departments.
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Daily Pre-screening
We provide checks to ensure no sick children or staff are admitted into the programming space.
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Ensuring a Safe Space
Per DHS recommendations, parents are unable to enter programming space.

 Key Safety Measures

  • Staff-to-child ratios in accordance with CDC and DHS guidelines.
  • Daily temperature and wellness checks (for staff and children).
  • Any child or staff with illness symptoms will be sent home.
  • Children and parents must wear masks.
  • Groups are separated in different rooms within the building.
  • Robust cleaning/sanitization regimen before, during and after programming time.
  • Activity schedule that utilizes social distancing with children.

Notice: This agency is a recipient of taxpayer funding. If you observe an agency director or employee engaging in any activity which you consider to be illegal, improper or wasteful, please call the state comptroller's toll-free hotline: 1-800-232-5454.