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YWCA child care reopens to phase one workers

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For nearly two months, Cortland YWCA’s child care program has been able to provide care only for children of those considered essential personnel under a local State of Emergency issued March 15.

That’s no longer the case.

Soon after the region entered phase one of a gradual reopening on Friday, Cortland YWCA officials began accepting applications to enroll children with parents in phase one industries.

They’ll continue enrolling others during successive phases, as directed by Gov. Cuomo’s NY Forward plan.

“YWCA is advising families that enrollment numbers have been decreased to meet new regulatory mandates, which limit the number of children allowed in the program,” said Director of Development Robyn Hayes. “YWCA is dedicated to keep the community informed and will post updates on its website and social media pages.”

Hayes also said the facility and nonessential programs will remain closed to the public until the state allows them to reopen, including Health & Fitness and Mentoring.

YWCA’s Aid to Victims of Violence (AVV) program also continues to operate, which provides free, comprehensive and confidential services, along with advocacy, counseling, and crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, child abuse, and other crimes.

Staff remain present at AVV’s off-site emergency housing facility for domestic violence victims and their children.

For more information and the 24-hour crisis hotline call 607-756-6363 or 1-800-336-9622.

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