Pandemic Child Care

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is currently accepting enrollment applications for our Pandemic Child Care Centers at the Licking County Family YMCA in Newark and at Licking Heights North Elementary School in Pataskala. 

The Y Pandemic Care Centers will being providing care on Monday, March 30th. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday with additional shifts added as needed.

We are encouraging any parent that can find a safe and healthy alternative child care option that will keep their child(ren) out of a group setting to do so.

If you are in need of emergency Pandemic Child Care, please complete the three required forms below. Completed forms can be emailed to for review.

Click here for a full list of approved Pandemic Child Care Centers in Ohio.

Y Healthy Kids Network Backpack Program

The moment Governor DeWine ordered all schools closed, we contacted our 20 partner schools throughout Licking County to assess their current food inventory. In partnership with the Food Pantry Network of Licking County and our dedicated Healthy Kids Network volunteers, we have ensured our partner schools have enough food on-hand to continue to provide weekend meals to students in need during the three-week school closure period. We'll remain in touch with our schools for as long as necessary to keep them stocked with the food they need to continue to provide weekend nutrition to their students.


How You Can Help

Strengthening our community is our top priority. We're here for you.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our Pandemic Child Care Centers & the Healthy Kids Network Backpack Program could use your financial support.

Each new day brings different challenges and needs for our friends and neighbors. We are prepared to support the community in whatever way we can. Thank you for supporting us.

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Contributions can also be mailed to:

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA
Attn: COVID-19 Response Fund
470 W. Church St.
Newark OH 43055