NAPLES, Fla. — There's a growing need for daycare as more parents head back to work in Southwest Florida.
This week, the Greater YMCA of Naples reopened an emergency daycare to help essential workers that are also full-time parents of young children.
The Y says they're following special state guidelines so parents drop off and pick up kids curbside.
Each kid gets their temperature checked and hands washed before entering their assigned classroom and seating.
They say kids also get assigned their own bin of craft supplies and toys to play with.
Since starting on Monday, the service has been a big help to local working parents.
"They’ve been very happy and grateful. Each day, they say thank you and they’re just excited to be able to return to work and not have that extra stress on their shoulders of having to manage work and their child. They’ve been happy and the kids have been happy to see friends," said Katie Scarantino, Early Childhood Education Director.
Kids receive several temperature and health survey checks through the day.
Next week, the Y plans to slowly accept more children into the emergency daycare .
They say the service is available to anyone who needs it, even non-members.
To find more details on how to sign up, click here to visit their website.