YMCA to offer a day of paid activities for children on Friday when CPS is deactivated


CHICAGO – Six YMCA centers will offer a day of paid programs for children when Chicago public schools close on Friday.

The city dubbed Immunization Awareness Day Friday, canceling CPS classes and offering two hours of early release to city workers so they can take children to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Authorities have urged private workplaces to give adults free time to get vaccinated or take their children for vaccines as well.

Some parents were appalled at the short notice and struggled to find child care.

In response, the YMCA will be offering a full day of childcare for families on Friday. The programs will be available at the organization’s six centers in Chicago.

Children will do various math, arts and crafts and physical activities.

Children aged 5 to 12 can participate in the program, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. It will be open on a first come, first served basis.

Rates vary based on location and start at $ 40 per day for members. Financial assistance is available for some. Families can call their local YMCA for financial information.

The centers:

  • Irving Park: 4251 W. Irving Park Road, 773-777-7500
  • Kelly Hall: 824 N. Hamlin Ave., 773-886-1220
  • Lake View: 3333 N. Marshfield Ave., 773-248-3333
  • McCormick: 1834 N. Lawndale Ave., 773-235-2525
  • Rauner Family: 2700 S. Western Ave., 773-847-3115
  • South Side: 6330 S. Stony Island Ave., 773-947-0700

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