Free Drop-In Child Care for Parents Getting Vaccines


YMCA of Austin Providing Free Drop-In Child Care for Parents During Vaccination Appointments in June

AUSTIN –The YMCA of Austin is helping to remove a barrier for parents yet to be vaccinated by offering free, drop-in child care during vaccination appointments in June. Parents can place their children ages 2 months to 12 years in Y Child Watch during operating hours at any one of seven area branches.

Kids can participate in Y Child Watch activities for up to two hours while parents are being vaccinated at other community locations. In Y Child Watch, kids engage in arts and crafts, story time, outdoor play, games, and more.

The initiative comes in support of a White House effort to remove barriers to individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and was announced by President Biden today at a White House Press conference. The YMCA of Austin joins YMCAs serving more than 500 communities in 38 states that are offering free, drop-in child care during vaccination appointments for parents and caregivers who need it. The offering is the latest in the Y’s efforts to help ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines and provide children a safe and enriching environment to grow and thrive.

“We undertand how important vaccinations are in helping our community stay healthy and recover from the pandemic,” said Kathy Kuras, YMCA of Austin President & CEO. “By opening Y Child Watch to the community, we want to make it easier for parents to be able to access the many available vaccination opportunities in our area.”

Participating YMCA of Austin locations include:

  • East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd., 512-933-9622
  • Hays Communities YMCA, 465 Buda Sportsplex Dr., 512-523-0099
  • North Austin YMCA, 1000 W. Rundberg Ln., 512-973-9622
  • Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Dr., 512-335-9622
  • Southwest Family YMCA, 6219 Oakclaire Dr., 512-891-9622
  • Springs Family YMCA, 27216 RR 12 South, 512-894-3309
  • TownLake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez, 512-542-9622

Child Watch schedules are listed at

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are no longer required in YMCA of Austin branches for those who are vaccinated and/or for those with medical conditions or disabilities preventing them from wearing a mask. Masks are highly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated, including children. If parents or children are not vaccinated, the Y encourages visitors to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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